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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Since my son moved out, he was acting sad an not eating

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Since my son moved out, he was acting sad an not eating much. I thought he was depressed. However, this morning, I noticed his gums look whitish and he still not eating and not wanting to get up. He does get up but not eating.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: His Name is ***** ***** he just turned 9. He is always feisty but all the change since my son moved.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Titan?
Customer: Not that I can think of.
Submitted: 11 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 days ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Titan. His pale gums indicate profound anemia in most cases. Anorexia is a nonspecific symptom of illness but likely to be the same illness causing his anemia. Please don't hesitate to have Titan attended to by his vet. These symptoms are potentially life-threatening. Titan may be bleeding internally such as from an abdominal tumor that has ruptured, be suffering from a bleeding disorder such as autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), or thrombocytopenia (lack of blood platelets), or perhaps has been poisoned by an anticoagulant rodenticide.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 days ago.

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

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