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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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My dog has been breathing very heavy and through nose constantly.

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My dog has been breathing very heavy and through nose constantly. This morning she also threw up blood and she did not eat at all the day before
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hematemesis - vomiting with blood - is a very serious sign and needs the attention of a vet at your earliest convenience. I'm concerned that her breathing very heavy indicates blood loss and poor oxygenation of her tissues as might be seen with an anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning or thrombocytopenia (low number of blood platelets). There are quite a number of possible etiologies, however, including other bleeding disorders, heavy metal intoxication, infectious disorders, gastrointestinal ulceration, metabolic disorders, drug administration (glucocorticosteroids and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, mainly), gastric/duodenal foreign bodies, and esophageal disorders.It would be prudent to have her clotting times checked along with a complete blood count including a hand count of her platelets. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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