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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Weight loss 20% over last 2 months, bad breath, lips gums,

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weight loss 20% over last 2 months, bad breath, white lips gums, lethargy, getting worse.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

Hello, are you there? I'm eager to discuss Buster with you because the symptoms you are describing are very serious. I'm worried he has a life-threatening illness and - even though he's been sick for quite a while - he is in need of emergency care.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Buster's white gums are the most critical finding and indicate life-threatening anemia. His breed (part Boxer), age and weight loss in conjunction with his anemia are most indicative of advanced neoplasia (cancer). Buster will need the attention of his vet but I believe that euthanasia may well be a kindness for him.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.