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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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We have a yellow lab basset mix dog, and when we came home

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Hello! We have a yellow lab basset mix dog, and when we came home today we noticed her stomach was sagging more than usual and was a litlle red where the nipples are. She is approximately 5 years old, and has been spayed since she was able to be spayed. She is also acting slightly lethargic and keeping her distance from us. We do not see any noticeable swelling, her skin appears to be sagging down the middle of her belly from her neck down all the way. Mark noticed last night that her stomach was making some odd noises. Could she have eaten something bad?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. To answer you directly, she could have eaten something bad but sagging skin and lethargy aren't expected symptoms from a dietary indiscretion. You appear to be describing subcutaneous edema - a collection of fluid under her skin which is causing it to sag. This is a nonspecific symptom that can be due to angioedema - a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to foods, vaccinations, drugs, and envenomations, right-sided heart failure, and even hepatic and renal insufficiency.
Unless Daisy has remissed by now, her vet will need to thoroughly examine her including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests in an attempt to clarify why she's lethargic and her skin is sagging. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Hi Sheena And Mark Lang,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Daisy. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin