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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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For Dr Michael Salkin only Good evening! So want to ask about Max. He went this week for his 4 month check up. She did labs and looked at his liver tumors with the ultrasound. She emailed me this afternoon and said his tumors are unchanged in size so no bigger at all. She also said that his liver values improved by 30%. So that sounds really good but why do liver values improve? I'm not complaining of course but just wondered what could make that happen?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Those tumors must represent benign hepatic adenoma, nodular hyperplasia, or nodular regeneration. What a good finding! Livers have a remarkable ability to regenerate which would explain the improvement in liver enzyme values. Don't argue with sucess! Tell Max I'm proud of him.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm so excited do you think his food might have helped? I've had him on the hills I'd since his last visit. Only bad news was that he lost 3 lbs. She wants me to feed him more. She said the tumors could require more energy or the I'd isn't high enough in calories.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
It's supposed to. Feed him more. Dogs with cancer do not have higher or lower requirements for protein, fat, calories, or any other specific nutrients, compared with requirements for healthy dogs. So there.