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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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My 12 year old jack rat terrier was doing fine, but suddenly

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My 12 year old jack rat terrier was doing fine, but suddenly got ill. She had a few small bites of cantelope yesterday afternoon and a sppon of mashed potatoes and green limas at supper. She also eats pedigree. She vomited up a little of the cantelope last night and is not active and lays around looking pitiful. Her belly is rapid in breathing. This morning she seemed somewhat better and ate a couple bites of chicken, but she threw it up tonight. She is a little gassy also. Only once that i noticed. She want drink either.
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. Pleas let me know if you still need help. Sissy's symptoms of GI distress are important but they're not pathognomonic of any one disorder. I do worry more about such symptoms at her age, however. In general I'll give dogs 36 hours to remiss unaided from a GI disorder that might simply represent a dietary indiscretion - ingesting something new, inappropriate, spoiled, or perhaps a non-food item. If symptoms persist longer than that, a thorough physical exam plus diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests including a specCPL blood test which is the most sensitive of the blood tests for detecting pancreatitis are indicated. Our older dogs don't have the reserve of much younger dogs and can become dehydrated and electrolyte imbalanced quickly. Please give me an update on Sissy.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Karen,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin