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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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If my dog aspirated salt water but the vet doesn't open until

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if my dog aspirated salt water but the vet doesn't open until 8am what can i do?
NO emergency vets around!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He is breathing funny but none the less breathing and he is panting. He went swimming and a wave crashed over him. He likes to swim and does so a lot. I've never seen this happen. I'm confused if he aspirated water or not.
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. Please let me know that he's doing alright. Salt water aspiration (a form of drowning) might cause coughing and temporary respiratory distress but unless he were submerged for a significant length of time, he's not likely to have aspirated enough to seriously harm himself.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you so much for getting back to me. I did request 10 minute service I wonder what happened. I don't blame you as I should've never took him swimming. I do wish I had a sooner response. It'd have saved me $1200. I feel pretty confident the vet ripped me off with antibiotics, nebulizer treatments, hospitalization. Best thing is he is ok. He seemed fine this morning but reading everything on the internet had my nerves shot.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
You're welcome. I never know why questions aren't answered promptly. I'm asked to address these questions and it frustrates me, too, to see that questions requiring urgency are too often not given that urgency. I can't know if everything done for him was absolutely necessary but better too much than too little. I'm pleased to hear that he's doing nicely.