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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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I just took my puppy torque in shots on Sunday...she

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I just took my puppy torque in for her shots on Sunday...she is drooling excessively, licking her paws excessively, keeps swallowing, & super anxious...any idea what could be wrong?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Gigi's symptoms are important but not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. Her drooling and repeated swallowing indicate nausea/gastrointestinal distress or oral pain. Her paw licking can indicate a hypersensitivity reaction to environmental allergens such as pollens, molds, dust, and dust mites, etc. or a food intolerance although the proximity of her vaccines should prompt consideration of a hypersensitivity reaction to those vaccines. Her anxiety is likely to have arisen because she doesn't understand why she's feeling as she does.
Such a reaction is likely to be self limiting within 36 hours but if not might be addressed with a corticosteroid such as prednisone. Antihistamines aren't reliably effective but you might see how diphenhydramine (Benadryl) at a dose of 2 mg/lb and repeated in 12 hours affects Gigi. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.