Originally Posted by selzer
99.8 is low.
It is almost midnight here. Will 8 hours make a difference? 9 is not ancient, but we lost Cujo at 7. It was quick, not over-night quick, but from the first symptoms (slipping, stumbling, trouble with stairs) to his passing was about a month. But your dog might have, probably has something different than he had.
So the question is, is this a veterinary emergency, or can it wait until tomorrow? It is a question that we often have to ask ourselves. Minutes matter when it comes to things like bloat.
What causes a low temperature. Could that be stuff shutting down? It is easy to say, take the dog in, when the temp is high. But low?
Can you call your regular vet and give the symptoms and ask whether they think you should take the dog to an ER? My vet's office just gives the number of the ER, so that doesn't work. The ER ALWAYS says they have to see the dog. But when I call the 24 hour clinic that is a couple of hours away, they are more likely to take the symptoms and give me advice as to whether I can wait or need to bring the dog immediately.
These are all my questions as well. I can't call my vet they don't answer after 6:00. I can call the 24 hour place, but they are usually the ones to say come in straight away. I am just at a loss. It's mainly a money issue. How much will the 24 hour place run me for tests and then whats left for me to pay for treatment after all the test they run. Just to be seen is already $50-60.