dog was sick * A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!*

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by ther00ster'scr0w, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. ther00ster'scr0w

    ther00ster'scr0w Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bay Area CA
    My ~4 year old pitbull Nikki is acting sick..ever since yesterday around 1ish or 2ish in the afternoon. Before that, she was out in the backyard running around and she got out and chased 2 small bobcats away.

    Once they left (and I don't thin she really came into contact with them, unless where I couldn't see) she was all excited to be out and was investigating my neighbors house (no one lives there now) out of sight.

    She ran back down about 10 minutes later and was fine. About an hour later she was limping on her front left paw. There was no sign of anything caught in her paw and her leg did not seem swollen. Besides the limp she was fine-eating and drinking.

    However, over night she didn't have the energy to come with me to let the chickens out, and she started coughing a bit, or hacking almost. We fed her and she ate and gave her water, but she is not her normal self at all, no energy or enthusiasm any more. We looked her over carefully and saw that she had small scratches over her body, barely noticeable.

    She also seems to be shivering.

    From what I saw of the bobcats, they seemed normal [not sick]. Her rabies shot expired about a month ago, but does this seem like the early stages of rabies? We will see if the vet has any open spots today, but does anyone here have any experiences or knowledge about this?

    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011
  2. HopeMissouri

    HopeMissouri Out Of The Brooder

    Hope you're able to get her into the vet today.

    Rabies unlikely. Immunization really should last beyond 12 months.

    Would snake bite be a possibility?
  3. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    I am positive it isn't rabies... we had issues with that earlier this year. I would for sure get her into the vet. I just want to wish you good luck. [​IMG]
  4. ther00ster'scr0w

    ther00ster'scr0w Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bay Area CA
    I think a snake bite is unlikely, unless she woke something up outside.

    It does look like she got into a brawl with some animal, as the marks make it look like something small fought with her, but even if this is what happened, is there any explanation for her acting sick?

    Thanks for responding.
  5. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 19, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Maybe while she was away she got into some bad food, or rotten roadkill etc...
  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Her body is succumbing to the bacteria carried in her opponents' teeth and claws. She needs antibiotics and pain medicine.
  7. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Does the dog feel like it has fever? It may have been something that started before her encounter with the bobcats. If it is some kind of infection, I'd get her in to see the vet as soon as I could. In the meantime, keep her warm, make sure she has water (put some colloidal silver in it, if you yave any) and give her lots of love.
  8. pawprint2104

    pawprint2104 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2010
    SF Bay Area
    Take her to a vet.
  9. dandelionheart

    dandelionheart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2010
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Quote:My thoughts as well. Puncture wounds from bites can get infected and then make the whole body sick. Get her to the vet ASAP.
  10. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    It's also possible that one incident isn't related to the other. She may have gotten into someone yard and found rat bait. I'd take her in asap. In any case, she needs antibiotics for the cat bites, worst bacterial bite out there!

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