I'm taking care of the barn while the owners are gone. They have three dogs on the property, one is a Doberman puppy, one is a mix, and the other one is a 13 year old Doberman named Eddie.
Eddie is really old for his breed, a lot of Dobermans die around 10. He's lived on the farm for nearly his whole life, so he's really active. There have been a few times within the last year that the BO has contemplated putting him down. Then he gets better, and convinces us that he's not ready to go yet.
While they are away, they have the dogs in a stall with a heat lamp and blankets. Today, when I went to go check on them, Eddie wasn't looking too good.
He's shaking like he's cold, although he's under the heat lamp and his body feels warm. He keeps stretching his front leg against the wall, and sort of scratching with it. He's licking his legs a lot.
His eyes are looking sort of dull.
I have a feeling in my gut that he's starting to go. The BO didn't want me to call the vet unless he was having a seizure or in a ton of pain.
What do you guys think is going on, and what should I do to help him?
Riders aren't 16 and pregnant. Riders are 16 and arthritic.