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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 boxer is not eating and is sleeping a lot. He has mucous

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My boxer is not eating and is sleeping a lot. He has mucous discharge from the eyes, more then normal and has slight shivering. It sounds like he may have a little difficulty breathing, like someone with an allergy might exhibit. He is almost 11 years old.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. While Cain's symptoms of somnolence, anorexia, ocular discharge, and possible dyspnea (difficulty breathing) are important symptoms, they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder. At Cain's age there's rarely just one thing going on and because of that fact and the fact that anything untoward in a geriatric boxer can be life-threatening, I encourage your having Cain attended to by a vet at your earliest convenience. A thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests as well as X-rays of his chest should be considered. To better assess the urgency of having this done, please check his vital signs for me...

1) Check his gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to his tissues).

2) Check his respiratory rate at rest. He should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest.

3) Take his rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.
Hi Tim,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin