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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 sick dog with some as yet un-diagnosed liver issue.

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I have a sick dog with some as yet un-diagnosed liver issue. She has an appointment scheduled for early Monday morning for an ultrasond with a specialist vet. It is midday Sunday and her skin is looking quite yellow... should I go to an emergency vet today, or hold off?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Ideally, your schnoodle should be supported in a hospital setting at this time. IV fluids are essential to establish normal hydration status and electrolyte (sodium, potassium, chloride) serum levels. If she were prescribed oral medications, those should be continued and brought to a 24-hour facility along with her so the attending doctor can continue their administration. Worsening icterus (jaundice) can be a negative prognostic sign when liver pathology exists and so critical care as is available in these facilities is quite important.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin