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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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My dog has been compulsively sneezing a lot few weeks,

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My dog has been compulsively sneezing a lot for a few weeks, then a few days ago his eyes started getting the yellow goop like an eye infection and yesterday and today he now has very bad diarrhea that doesn't look so good. I'm pretty sure he's not feeling good as his behavior is off from what it normally is
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Respiratory symptoms (sneezing, conjunctivitis) moving into gastrointestinal symptoms is a worrisome finding for canine distemper. This would be unusual in a dog of Cy's age, however, unless he hadn't been vaccinated at all or hadn't been vaccinated in over 3 years and was exposed to a virulent strain of distemper. Of course, his sneezing and conjunctivitis may be unrelated to his diarrhea. One infection doesn't preclude another. Cy's vet will need to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood, fecal and urine tests. A senior/geriatric diagnostic panel is most cost-effective. I would expect his eyes to be checked to see if he's forming enough tears, to see if his intraocular eye pressure is normal, and his corneas stained with fluoroscein to see if they're injured or not. Cy may be presumptively wormed and his vet will ask you if Cy may have ingested something new, inappropriate, spoiled, or perhaps a non-food item which then has caused his diarrhea. His diagnostic panel may guide his vet's choice of additional therapy. I regret that I can't be more specific for you from here. I, too, would need to examine and test Cy as I mentioned above.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Cy. How is everything going?

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