Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
This doesn't sound related to the elbow problems. (I think you meant to say "luxating patella, not "lactating", lol.) This sounds digestive, and might be serious. I'm thinking possibly pancreatitis or possibly a foreign body in her digestive tract. I don;t know when she last saw the vet, but I would get her to one immediately. And I'd have bloodwork done and an Xray taken.
From our discussion here about pancreatitis:
Has she been checked for kidney disease or Diabetes? She's pretty young for those issues but the lethargy and drinking lots of water makes me wonder....
Yeah a 2-year old dog should not be lethargic... definitely needs to be checked out ASAP.
I'm not saying this to frighten you, but it's important for others reading this to know that there is no such thing as "just" pancreatitis. Acute pancreatitis is fatal in 22% of cases, and in severe cases, the mortality rate jumps to 45%. It is a very serious disease.
Also, IF she has an allergy to chicken (and there is no reliable test for food allergies, which occur in only 1% of dogs), that would not account for any of these symptoms. It would be more likely that she has a sensitivity to chicken as opposed to an actual allergy, but even then, it would not cause lethargy.
I would try to get her to the vet before Tuesday, especially if the symptoms do not improve or get worse.
Any sudden change in behavior that persists for more than a couple days would have me at the emergency vet if my current vet weren't available.
I agree - it sounds serious and I wouldn't wait until Tuesday. If it is something serious like pancreatitis (or a diabetic crisis) that 2 days could make a big difference.
I agree about going to the vet now. Even if it’s a virus, it needs to be addressed. Like babies, dogs can get seriously ill quickly. Several days of serious symptoms, need addressing by someone with medical training.
I'm just seeing this - were you able to get into the vet? How's Lily doing?
What surgery is needed?