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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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Our 8 year old boxer mix has stopped eating s dry food, he

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Our 8 year old boxer mix has stopped eating his dry food, he will eat canned but can't keep it down. He ate some hamburger and steak and was able to keep that down. He has lost weight and shows little energy.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

All of Meyer's symptoms are important but they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. In these cases I need to assess the urgency of his being attended to by his vet. Please check a few vital signs for me:

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

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

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

Please let me know what you find.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'll be home in a few hours and try it. Will get back with you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Sounds good. I'll watch for your next post. Please stay in this conversation rather than opening up a new question. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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