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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 appears to have a uti or possible bladder stones. He's

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He appears to have a uti or possible bladder stones. He's very uncomfortable and his vet cant see him til tomorrow. He is 20lb shitzu with a history of borh UTI and bladder stones
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Max
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Max?
Customer: No, otherwise he is healthy. I have been giving him tramadol to try to keep him relaxed and comfortable. Max is 10
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

I"m sorry to hear of this with Max. Tramadol is smart at this time. The new dosing guidelines are higher than before - 2-5 mg/lb up to 3 times daily. Initiating antibiotic coverage would be prudent. Please let me know if you have an antibiotic for Max for which I might be able to give you a dose. Encouraging fluid intake (and hence urine formation and flow) will be helpful; offer tasty fluids such as milk, cream, broths, and bouillons. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
We have an appointment tomorrow, I would simply would like to know if I can give him pyridiam.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Are you still there?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

No, it's toxic to dogs causing a red blood cell dyscrasia (destruction in this case). I'm pleased to hear that he'll be attended to shortly. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

reference: "ORAL DOSES IN DOGS PRODUCED EMESIS. DOGS TOLERATED IV DOSES UP TO 100 MG/KG WITHOUT GROSS CARDIAC IRREGULARITIES, BUT METHEMOGLOBINEMIA & HEMOLYTIC ANEMIA WERE NOTED. CHRONICALLY TREATED DOGS EXHIBITED ANEMIA & EVIDENCE OF MILD KIDNEY & LIVER DAMAGE"
[Gosselin, R.E., R.P. Smith, H.C. Hodge. Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products. 5th ed. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1984., p. II-385] **PEER REVIEWED** )

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin