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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Not sure what's going on with my bichon. Observation would

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Not sure what's going on with my bichon. Observation would seem to be gastrointestinal area. He has been on basic salmon...brown rice...sweet potato....pea/broccoli diet due to tested allergies. Poop today was not it's usual brwn...more loose and grayish. He has been hungrier than usual...but diet does not vary. Given no treat biscuits. This am changed routine a bit added soft scrambled eggs and separate dish of oatmeal. Just don't think he is feeling up to par. (I am a type A person have been on high stress and letting down) We have walked once today and thinkin g about second walk very shortly before dark. Going by the nose touch it feels warm. But he definitely is not his peppy self! Name is*****
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  brisadog replied 11 months ago.

Hi, I can help you with your question today. Is there any change in Monte's amount of thirst and urination?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
no
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'll follow up for Dr. Susan for you. Please let me know if you still need help. Can you give me an update on your Bichon, please? His good appetite is usually a positive prognostic finding unless it indicates early diabetes mellitus or, less commonly, early Cushing's disease. Both would be expected to cause increased thirst (polydipsia) and increased volume of urine (polyuria), however. His change in stool quality isn't alarming if transient but if it persisted would suggest hepatic/gall bladder disorder. The "greyness" often indicates a problem with the production or transit of bile into the small intestine.