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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Yesterday unexpectedly our dogs attitude changed he seems very

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Yesterday unexpectedly our dogs attitude changed he seems very on edge, or scared, wants to stay in the cage and when we do coerce him to come out he won't let us touch his bottom and yelps sometimes when he sits.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. There's little question that Gauge is painful - his reclusiveness, shivering, and vocalizing are pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of pain. The pain appears to be originating from his rear end and so might indicate a painful rectum, anus, or anal glands. Alternatively, hip and caudal (toward his tail) spinal pain should be considered.
Unfortunately, there's no manner in which I can clarify the source of his discomfort from here and so it would be prudent to have Gauge's vet take a look at him. If you're going to look more closely at him be sure that he's properly restrained and muzzled as he might lash out at you if as painful as he appears to be.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Melissa,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Gauge. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin