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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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My dog was vomiting on Saturday morning/afternoon. He is not

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My dog was vomiting on Saturday morning/afternoon. He is not himself...just laying down. Has not eaten and drinking very little. He will walk around a little and he is urinating. I touched his belly and he winced. What should I do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Lincoln's symptoms of vomiting and anorexia are important symptoms but they're not pathognomonic for any one disorder. Because they're nonspecific symptoms I first need to determine the urgency of having Lincoln attended to by a vet. Please do a few things for me...

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

2) Assess his respiratory rate at rest. He should be taking less than 40 breaths/minute.

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

Please let me know what you find.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Temp was 99.7Heartbeats I counted 37Tongue and gums still look light pink
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

Thank you. I believe you meant respirations were 37? If so, vital signs are good. Unless he remisses unaided by tomorrow morning, please have his vet perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests +/- abdominal imaging in the form of X-rays or ultrasound. Do you have an idea what might have precipitated Lincoln's behavior? We're always concerned about pancreatitis in our miniature Schnauzers.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Hi Amy,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Lincoln. How is everything going?
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