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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I am minding a small dog who has eaten very little over two

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I am minding a small dog who has eaten very little over two days and then vomited and today he isn't drinkingand is very lethargic I have been minding him for three weeks and he knows me very very well
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. While Pugsley's symptoms of inappetence, lethargy, and vomiting are important, they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. However, when a cushingoid dog - a dog that usually will eat anything that doesn't eat him first and drinks excessively - stops eating and drinking something is very wrong. If you have permission to bring Pugsley to his vet while you're minding him, I encourage your doing so. An elderly dog such as he doesn't have the reserve that a much younger dog has and will become dehydrated and electrolyte imbalanced quickly. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you I will be taking him to the vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You'r welcome. I'm pleased to hear that Pugsley will be well-attended to by his vet. 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.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Pugsley. How is everything going?
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