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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 winning dog has trouble holding s head up. He has not

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My winning dog has trouble holding his head up. He has not peeded in 2 days or pooped in about 3. He can barely hold his head up. He rallied yesterday I did give him some French toast sticks yesterday. He isn't eating or drinking now. I am afraid he is dying
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Please clarify "winning dog". Oscar does appear to be profoundly ill and if you're concerned that he's dying there's little alternative to your bringing him to his vet at your earliest convenience. Whatever might be causing such serious symptoms won't be able to be addressed satisfactorily with home care. Please respond with additional information and further questions or concerns if you wish but I'd rather you were on your way to his vet.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He is long brown short haired daushaud dog. I did give him a flea pill from Walmart called fast caps nite pyramid from pet armor but he has had this before
Then 2 days later he wasn't feeling good
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there anything I can give him I gave all the money I had left to talk to you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
When I pick him up he hollers like he has sore muscles
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He just lays on his bed
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
This phone keeps auto correcting pill called (nitenpyram)
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is he in renal failure?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Those flea products are very good but shouldn't be incriminated in his current behavior. My first thought when a doxi vocalizes when approached or lifted is intervertebral disk disease - a "slipped disk" but unless my patient is profoundly painful anorexia isn't commonly seen with a disk. We prescribe potent nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs such as carprofen or meloxicam to these dogs as well as narcotic analgesics such as tramadol. Aspirin dosed at 10 mg/lb is the only safe and possibly helpful antiinflammatory analgesic you can give Oscar at home.

Renal failure usually is evidenced by polydipsia (increased thirst) and subsequent polyuria (increased volume of urine). It wouldn't be my first thought in a 2 year old unless he had ingested antifreeze which can cause a painful acute renal failure. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.