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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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I have a 14 year old toy poodle who weighs in at 6lbs.

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I have a 14 year old toy poodle who weighs in at 6lbs. Pumpkin has not eating for 2 days and we are going on day 3. She has been throwing up for 2 days. Also very inactive. Something is very different.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the poodle eat anything unusual?
Customer: I have been cleaning up many small vomit spots everywhere. No...has not eaten anything unusual.
JA: OK. The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the poodle's name?
Customer: Pumpkin
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Pumpkin?
Customer: Bad teeth...bad pain sometimes
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

While any age dog can exhibit transient anorexia and vomiting, a 14 year old concerns me for the degenerative disorders I see at this age - renal and hepatic insufficiencies, mainly - as well as geriatric neoplasia (cancer). Most important, Pumpkin doesn't have the reserve of a much younger dog. He'll become dehydated and electrolyte imbalanced not eating and losing fluid from both ends. Pumpkin's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam and diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests and once blood and urine is drawn, Pumpkin should have supplemental fluids given to him either subcutaneously or intravenously. You should know within 24 hours what additional therapy can help Pumpkin.

If Pumpkin can't be attended to today, please begin administering small amounts of a pediatric fluid replacer such as Pedialyte by means of a small poultry baster placed between his cheek teeth and cheek. You can't replace his entire fluid deficit in this manner (approximately 300 mL/10 ounces of fluid) but every little bit helps. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
She is not even keeping water down. This is very unusual and different.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

These dogs must be treated parenterally - in any manner other than orally. Please don't hesitate having her attended to at your earliest convenience.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

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

Dr. Michael Salkin