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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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She is 16 in human years and loosing weight...a bit hollow

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She is 16 in human years and loosing weight...a bit hollow and can feel the knobs on her spine
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: She has gone off her food
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Mitzi
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Mitzi?
Customer: She has a few lumps under her skin on spine thing and base of spine
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

I"m sorry to hear of this with Mitzi. Unfortunately, there's rarely just one thing wrong at her very advanced age. Profound weight loss and anorexia aren't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder but I would expect to find a major organ insufficiency (liver or kidney failure, e.g.) or age-related cancer in a 16 year old. Mitzi's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam inclduing diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. You should know within 24 hours if Mitzi can be helped. We wouldn't be looking for curative disorders but might be able to palliate whatever ails her. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

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