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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 14-yr old dog is grieving the loss of s brother. He's

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our 14-yr old dog is grieving the loss of his brother. He's eating very little and throws it back up most of the time. Very picky eater.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I can understand inappetence when my patient is grieving and distressed but vomiting wouldn't be expected. At 14 years of age, there's usually more than one thing going on and because these geriatrics don't have the reserve that a much younger dog has, it's important not to "watchful wait" such a dog more than 72 hours. Inappetence and vomiting aren't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder but chronic renal and hepatic insufficiencies as well as age-related malignancies are important differential diagnoses at this time. JJ's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. I suspect that you'll know within 24 hours why JJ is behaving in this manner.

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 Jj. How is everything going?

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