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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 24357
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog has megaesphgus (just diagnosed) After eating tonight

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My dog has megaesphgus (just diagnosed)
After eating tonight (I changed his food)
He has shallow breathing
I am wondering if he aspirated and what I can do for him until I can get him to the vet tomorrow
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. If ever there's a concern that my patient has aspirated, X-rays are taken of the lungs and I look for the tell-tale inflammation in the cranial (toward the head) lungfields. If present, supplemental oxygen is provided by mask or oxygen chamber and systemic antibiotics are initiated. Sequential X-rays are scheduled to better evaluate progress. Aspiration pneumonia can't be addressed at home - at least initially. Once my patient's oxygen saturation normalizes home care can begin. The oxygen saturation is measured by a pulse oximeter - a device available in veterinary hospitals.
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