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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 dog had worms, she hasn't had any of her shots either.

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My dog had worms, she hasn't had any of her shots either. She's just 6 weeks old and is breathing very heavily. What advice can you give me to help her? I got her some deworming medicine and she no longer poops them out. And her poop isn't solid. She's not very active either.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. "Breathing very heavily" is an important symptom but can represent heart or lung disease as well as systemic diseases in which metabolic acidosis (a low blood pH) has arisen. Because her symtoms are important but not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particuar disorder, she'll need to have a vet thoroughly examine her in order to clarify why she isn't well. Other than worming her two weeks after the first worming - a product containing either pyrantel pamoate or fenbendazole is best - and supplementing her fluid intake with forced feeding of an infant fluid/electrolyte replacer such as Pedialyte (or generics) + a puppy food gruel if she isn't eating well - there's little else you can do for her.

Please give me an update on her and please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thank you very much, I will be taking her into the vet today to ask.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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