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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 10 yr old Dachshund, Elvis has vomited a few times over

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My 10 yr old Dachshund, Elvis has vomited a few times over the past couple weeks, which is highly unusual. He has always been very healthy, his brother/litter mate we had to put down last year for unknown reasons. (Just presented with lethargy lack of appetite and couldn't poo, then began screaming in pain at just the thought of being touched.) Elvis has not presented with any of these issues, however over the past couple yrs developed quarter/half dollar sized tumor on his belly/chest area with another beginning to form. The past 1.5 yr he has also developed these wart type spots only 3 or 4 of them and mostly on limb regions. If they are related I do not know. But his gums are pale white and does have a broken molar.(which we hope to get fixed very soon)
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

The most important clue that you've mentioned is that his gums are pale white. This indicates profound anemia. He needs the attention of his vet at your earliest convenience. If indeed anemic, the severity and type (regenerative vs nonregenerative/he can replace the red blood cells he lacks vs he can't replace the red blood cells he lacks) needs to be assessed. Regenerative anemias might result from active blood loss such as might be seen with a splenic tumor bleeding into the abdomen; nonregenerative anemias usually arise secondary to chronic inflmmatory disorders. Time is of the essence!

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Elvis. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin