What does it mean when your dog is shaking,breathing heavily, walks slower than usual,and whines when you pick him or her up?My dog is only 4 years old and when I took him outside to use the...

What does it mean when your dog is shaking,breathing heavily, walks slower than usual,and whines when you pick him or her up?

My dog is only 4 years old and when I took him outside to use the bathroom, he went to sit down instead of going straight to using the bathroom.I thought that he might be dehydrated but when I gave him water he didn't want any water.When I went to pick him up he whined like he was in pain.My uncle checked him by his legs and he yelped and almost bit him.He shakes uncontrolably and only stops for 5 seconds when he lays down.But when he lays down he gets back up( i think it's because that's where it hurts).I'm very worried about him and I'm not ready for him to die espescially because he's so young. (if all you are going to say is take him to a vet, please don't bother responding.)

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There could be many reasons for this behavior. I would check the dog very carefully, looking for spots or problems in the fur. Feel under the fur for bumps as well. You also will want to check for behavioral reasons for the dog to be whining. When in doubt, go to the vet!
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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Sorry to hear about your dog. When my dog gets sick I feel the same way. I get very nervous too. I have had something like this happen to my dog a few times. Usually it has just been a sickness like people get. Sounds the same-the shaking, whining, not wanting to sit down. When dogs exhibit this kind of behavior it means that are not feeling well. Another time when my dog was acting like this I took him to the vet and he had a torn ACL. This is a ligament that is in their knee. And then yet another time he was acting this way (and again I took him to the vet) he ended up having a pulled muscle and it had to heel on its own.

The problem with animals is that they can't tell you what is wrong with them. This is why it is best to get them checked out, especially if this behavior persists.

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uwfotogal | (Level 1) eNoter

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Please ask the vet online below.  My dog was acting this way and turned out he had kidney stones.  We changed some of his eating habits and after they rehydrated him and kept him a couple days at the clinic, he was returned to us just fine.  We truly thought he was near death.  He was a bit older than your dog, the wonderful things are that they usually bounce back and return to their normal behavior; while the whole time, we are freaking out!

Please seek help from the online Vet below.

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