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I recently I took my 6 year old Golden Retriever for a long walk. I sat down for a break and so did the dog but when I got up to continue to walk she wouldn't get up. I waited for a bit longer but she still didn't get up. I had to get the car and took her to the vet immediately. The vet said she wasn't dehydrated, and hadn't put on any weight or nothing was wrong with her heart or lungs. She still seems to be very tired and gets puffed out on short walks...

Has anyone else had a similar problem or knows what to do?

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Did your vet do any blood work? If there are no other signs/symptoms besides the fatigue it would seem further investigation is warranted. I'm sure other more experienced members will have suggestions. That is just the first thing that comes to my mind. Sending prayers
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I agree, blood work, including a tick borne panel, and a more thorough physical exam. Fever? Gums nice and pink? This is not normal and could really be anything from a cardiac issue, orthopedic issue (hip, elbow, arthritis), tick borne disease, poisoning or even cancer (thinking hemangiosarcoma acts like this in some dogs) or a number of other things. I'd get a second opinion if it isn't improving, preferably with a specialist.
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I second what Dallas Gold has suggested. Also, have your vet check your dog's hematocrit (her HCT levels). If they're low (lower than 40, I think, although please confirm!) she may have IMHA (just do a search here on GRF for IMHA). But definitely run all this by your vet. You may need to get a second opinion if your own vet is inexperienced in how to treat IMHA.
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I would certainly have a CBC run, and also, given her age, breed, and symptoms, a full thyroid panel including free T3 and free T4. If anything is even "low normal", supplement, as "low normal" for a "Canine Parameter" is actually quite low for a Golden.
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Hi Everyone,

My Golden seems to be improving, but there is a Veterinary clinic near my house which specialises in blood work and internal medicine so I think will make an appointment. Thank you for your help.
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