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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Last week my 6 month old Great Pyrenees threw up 5 times in

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last week my 6 month old Great Pyrenees threw up 5 times in about a three hour time period. He also was having a greenish yellow discharge from his nose as well as acting lethargic. After giving him some pepto he continued throwing up so we went to the vet and he was given a shot to control his throwing up for 24 hours and 10 days of antibiotics. He has been coughing a lot this week which is sounding a lot like dry heving. other than the cough the green discharge from his nose and the throwing up stopped for 7 days but now its back. He goes to day care though he only went once this week but my main concern is my friends puppy (3 month old shelter dog) came over 2 days before my dogs throwing up both times (last week and this week). I also have a 4 year old great pyrenees who has shown no signs or symptoms of illness but spends all day with our 6 month old who seems very ill. Any ideas on what this could be?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. When both gastrointestinal and respiratory symptoms are seen at such a young age, canine distemper becomes an important differential diagnosis - particularly because this viral infection is biphasic; in other words, causes symptoms which usually abate only to recrudesce (relapse without cure in between events) a second time. It's important that Caesar's vet be apprised about Caesar's recurrent symptoms. Testing for distemper and having chest films performed to see if pneumonia has arisen should be considered. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.