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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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There, just wondering if my dog has a serious issue. He keeps lick

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Hi there, just wondering if my dog has a serious issue. He keeps licking his lips and moving his jaw to open close. He has his hind stomach area around his private chewed and licked red.... Any ideas? He had a deer tick removed from the corner of his eye last month and has had the rabies and Lyme shots over a month ago.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
It's unlikely that the deer tick is incriminated in Atlas's symptoms. His lip licking and jaw motions indicate both oral discomfort and gastrointestinal distress/nausea/gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux/heartburn). His licking his stomach area suggests atopic dermatitis (allergies to environmental allergens such as pollens, molds, dust, and dust mites, etc.), skin infection, contact allergy, or perhaps his response to a painful abdomen which would tie into a gastrointestinal distress as mentioned above. Atlas's symptoms are important but as you can see not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. You'll need his vet to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests and possibly X-rays or ultrasound of Atlas's abdomen to better understand why Atlas is behaving in this manner. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Hi Shannon,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin