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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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My German Shepherd came in on Friday, she could hardly walk.

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My German Shepherd came in on Friday, she could hardly walk. We thought she had injured her hip, called the vet, he thought she had blown out her hip. On Saturday night she couldn't walk at all, wouldn't eat but was very thirsty, she began throwing up a 8brown liquid , and it was a lot. She did this several times, then settled downd thi to sleep. We found her dead this morning. I can't believe that she is gone. The vet gave her trama dollar and melodicam for pain as she has needed surgery on her hip but needed to lose weight. Any ideas of what happened to her. We are so messed up today, she was loved so much and was only 7 1/2.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

My condolences for your loss. This is necessarily an educated guess but her immobility, polydipsia (increased thirst due to profound dehydration) and vomiting what sounds like digested blood followed by death are symptoms pathognomonic (particularly indicative) of gastrointestinal ulceration and perforation due to a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug such as meloxicam.

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