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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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Oh wow, She seems very tired and her abdomen is cool to the

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Oh wow, hello. She seems very tired and her abdomen is cool to the touch
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: Ella, she's 2. Recently had an allergy shot due to seasonal allergies.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Ella?
Customer: She doesn't seem stressed. Just not very active which is unlike her
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Ella is 75 lbs. She's a mixed breed, Aussie shepherd and pit bull mix.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Unfortunately, lethargy and cool abdominal skin are nonspecific and non-diagnostic symptoms. In order to determine the urgency of having Ella attended to by her vet I need you to check her vital signs for me, please...

1) Check her gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to her tissues).

2) Check her respiratory rate. She should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest.

3) Take her rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into her rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.

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