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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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6 week old pup chewed a philodendron leaf, did not swallow

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6 week old pup chewed a philodendron leaf, did not swallow it..very sleepy, hard to arouse, incontinent of urine...what can I do. Very worried. Ty Stephanie
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. Please let me know if you still need help. I'm concerned that the philodendron is a red herring because the insoluble calcium oxalates in that plant will cause oral irritation, intense burning, irritation of the mouth, tongue, and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing rather than a sleepy, hard to arouse, incontinent pup. Azalea sounds as if she's profoundly weak which might arise from anemia or severe infectious disease. Please give me an update on Azalea if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Azalea. How is everything going?
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Oct 26th, the first time I was able to view your response on this site. This incident happened on Oct 12th. What good is an answer now? Believing she had chewed the plant leaf I washed out her mouth, gave her Benedryl, antacid n milk. After 12 he's she awoke, very sluggish, uncoordinated, barely able to walk. Within a few hours she was acting as if nothing had happened. This has happened twice again with the same symptoms. No seizure activity noted while she's sleeping before this occurs. No deficits noted from these incidents. Could it be epilepsy? Will get her to a vet the first of the mth.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Please contact***@******.*** with any issues you've had with the site. I can discuss Azalea but I'm not privy to customer's problems navigating the site. I would consider a congenital (present at birth) brain disorder such as hydrocephalus (depending upon the breed) or perhaps hypoglycemic episodes. I would rule out an infectious etiology because she normalized between episodes. Yes, her vet will need to take a look at her. It's easy enough to check her blood glucose level but investigating her brain would entail MRI and referral to a specialist veterinary neurologist. Please continue our conversation if you wish.