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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 11 year old golden retriever is displaying a different

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MY 11 year old golden retriever is displaying a different pattern lately he doesn't want to go out with dog walker. also he doesn't get up whae I get home he always jump up yesterday he was hiding in my room. what is going on?
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. Please let me know if you still need help. Blu's change in behavior is important but its not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. It's reasonable to assume that a medical disorder exists at his age which is precipitating the change. It's good to hear that blood work revealed nothing untoward but please note that an ear infection, neoplasia, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurologic disorders might not be reflected in blood work.
I need you to check a few things for me...
1) Please check Blu's gums and tongue. They should be nicely pink, not whitish (anemia) or bluish-greyish (cyanosis/lack of oxygen to his tissues).
2) Please assess Blu's respiratory rate at rest. He should be taking less than 40 breaths/minute.
3) Please take Blu's rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into Blu's rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!
Please respond with the additional information and further questions or concerns if you wish.

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