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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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He's a 7 mo Auggie. Moms a minnie Aussie, dad's a corgi. I

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He's a 7 mo Auggie. Moms a minnie Aussie, dad's a corgi. I noticed he's been crying off n on. Primarily when he gets up. But a bit when walking. He backed off my bed steps after putting his front paws on it- he started crying immediately. I picked him up, put him on the bed-seemed fine. I reached out to gently pull him closer, he really cried. My hqnd/arm was around his body on his right side. He's usury a bit stand off ish, but he's been laying beside me all but on me today (I moved to the floor for him). He's also not chasing the other 2 dogs like he normally dies. He been eating and drinking. He had a bowel movement on our morning walk. Now he's laying beside me, on his tight side...panting..... Breathing fast. Way more than 30 breaths per min. He's scaring me. He weighs 35 pounds.
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?
Customer: Apollo :-)
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Apollo?
Customer: Not that I know of, I tried to be thorough
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. You've described quite a painful dog and it appears that his pain has a musculoskeletal and/or neurologic origin. He's going to need a thorough physical and neurologic exam at your earliest convenience. Both myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) and encephalopathy (brain disorder) need to be considered as do a polyarthritis, polymyositis (more than one muscle inflamed), and polyneuritis (more than one nerve inflamed). A respiratory rate greater than 30 breaths/minute at rest or when asleep is worrisome. There are quite a few differentials for an elevated respiratory rate but in Apollo's case, severe pain should be the most important differential.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
He's acting so much better today. Chasing the other dogs, wrestling with them, etc. He only cried once when my son was playing with him. We are of the opinion it was a strained muscle. I'll ask my vet what s/he thinks. I haven't noticed him panting (closed mouth) like he was. My husband said he did feel warm, so perhaps he was cooling himself off. He seemed to enjoy the fan on him in my bedroom that night. We live in South Texas. He feels cooler today too. I'll relay all this to my vet(s) and go from there. Thank you for your response.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

What a good update! Thank you for taking the time to let me know. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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

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

Dr. Michael Salkin