Our 12 year, 8 month old labrador retriever has taken a sudden turn for the worse. She has always had some lumps and bumps but she went through a checkup at the end of December where the vet declared her to be in good health. Today, she has suddenly started to show the following symptoms - lethargic, all four legs and paws are cold, she is having shallow breathing, and at times it seems like difficulty breathing. Her snout seems cold and her gums were a pale pink. She skipped her lunch and dinner today which are very unusual for her. She is arthritic and has been doing well. We've had her on a doctor prescribed medication called Duramaxx which we give her twice a week so she doesn't have any of the side effects of it. She is also taking glucosamine. For the first time, she was incontinent today and laid on her side while she defecated. We just don't know what to do for her and were wondering if any one has any suggestions or seen something similar in their dog. She has been the dog of our dreams and we're heartbroken to think she's suffering.
It turned out that our dog had had a stroke and we didn't know. We got her to the ER vet and she passed away really quickly.