My great dane puppy is very lethargic. He eats and drinks very little. It all started Saturday I noticed he was not himself and yesterday he acctually peed in the floor after being house broken for 3 months now and he just lies around and does nothing he just looks so sad and kinda sick like.. I cannot really afford to take him to the vet right now But I will if I have to. Does anybody know of anything I can try to make him better?
It could be anything... parvo, parasites, etc. If you can't afford to take your dog to the vet, why do you have one in the first place??!! It is your RESPONSIBILITY as a pet owner to take it to a vet when it is sick! Take it to a vet... please... beg your family/friends for money if you have to, or find a vet that takes payment plans, but please do it!
I would call different Vets to get a chaper rate. Most people goes with the first vet they encounter, that's because they can afford anything.
I would call around, a regualr office visit should be no more then 50 or 70 bucks. Ask someone to lend you some money.
You should also try getting pet health insurance, fron Banfield. With this insurance you have office visits, exam etc... for free. You have to pay an application fee of 100, then a monthly fee of 15.00, that's it. It really helps when your on a tight budjet.
I don't see how my comment was rude in any way! I gave the same advice as others did which was take him to the vet! I'm not the only one who believes that in order to own a pet, you must be able to take care of it!
This person is coming on a message board to try and cure a pet that is obviously sick. I'm sorry if I offended anyone, but I firmly believe in a pet owner's responsibility towards their pet.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 7/25/2006 7:33:19 PM*** Reason: edited by mod as it quoted a deleted post.
I would definatley get him to the vet asap....and go get some PediaLyte(in the baby food section) and give him by a dropper if you have too until you can get him to the vet.. He can die fairly quickly if he gets dehydrated...you can also try to feed him some boiled chicken and rice....that will atleast get some food in his system...make sure his poop is not bloody or real loose, as those are signs of coccidia, parvo, and worms...but a vet would have to diagnose...parvo is not that much of a threat as long as he is up to date on ALL of his shots. Sorry that he is sick , and good luck :(
Wow, since when is being a responsible pet owner and wanting others to be the same considered bashing? I know many people who are on a limited income that manage to afford vet care when it is so obviously warranted. I've never put anyone down, and I never meant any offence to the OP with my statements. I wanted to stress the fact that it is important to get vet care when it is appropriate. I care about animals... what's wrong with that?
Anyone that gets a Great Dane or any pup for that matter, should always have money set aside for emergencies. These big guys are always getting into trouble and needing to go to the vets. Especially when they are puppies. Any pup that is acting lethargic should be taken in immediately! Pups can go downhill very fast! We lost a cocker spaniel pup at our clinic today that had been off food and acting lethargic for 3 days! The owners wanted to wait and see if the pup would snap out of it on it's own to avoid any vet fees. What they ended up with is a pup that died 2 minutes after they brought it in AND a vet fee.....
Thanks gr8danzgirl. I think it's sad that people don't do proper research before embarking on dog ownership. It's really hard to stress how important that taking your dog to the vet is when it is showing symptoms similar to what the OP described. Again, I was not trying to bash the OP, and if he/she took offence to it, then I apologize for my choice of words.
Horse Hockey! True that the pup should be seen, but horse hockey that you are not being a good pet parent. It sounds to me like you will do the best thats humanely possible for your situation. Good Luck and keep us posted here.
call your vet. tell him whats going on with your dog and that money is tight for you right now. he may see the dog and let you make payments. no one here can diagnose your dog. the vet can not even do that without seeing him first. dont put it off. early detection will be the best chance of cure. good luck to you both.
I too would call the vet let them know that money is tight but explain what your dog is doing and get some good medical advice from them.
I have been a dog owner most of my life and generally never had a problem taking my dog to the vet when needed. However, 3 years ago I was laid off from my job and had a sick child whom I was paying all medical expenses out of pocket for... so when my beagle woke up one morning with hole in his leg that was bleeding - I was at a loss. I called my vet and explained that I literally had $20 in the bank until my unemployment check came in and told them what was happening with my dog. They told me to wash it with peroxide, put some neosporin on it and to wrap it loosely with gauze and that if it got any worse to bring him in and they would work out a payment plan with me. He got better and everything turned out just fine... but it was scary.
Unfortunately, unexpected things happen and sometimes we can't afford to take our pets to the vet... heck, as a parent, I've had times when I wasn't able to take my CHILD to the doctor as quickly as I otherwise would... we've been fortunate though.
Call your vet and see what they recommend. Pedialyte is a good suggestion too... and most stores have their own store-brand which is usually cheaper. Might try pouring some beef broth over his food too... maybe he has a tooth ache and eating is uncomfortable? It really could be anything....