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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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I pick my dog up from the sitter around noon since then

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I pick my dog up from the sitter around noon since then she's been breathing very heavy very hyper and hasn't been able to calm down her breathing she's also peeing uncontrollably I don't know what to do and I'm about an hour away from a 24 hour vet
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: She's a five-year-old boxer
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about your dog?
Customer: she gets an allergy shot once a month and on prescription food
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
K thank u
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Please assess her respiratory rate at rest (if that's possible). A rate over 30 breaths per minute is worrisome. Please let me know what you find.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
it's way over when I'm not holding her she calms down when I have her lay down and pet her !! Plus she's drinking a huge amount of water
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Besides her breathing she's acting herself If that helps
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Thank you. Regretfully, you're going to need to make the hour drive to the 24-hour vet. She appears to have been intoxicated by a prescription or recreational drug or other chemical. Her drinking excessively may reflect that drug's diuretic effect or she's replacing the fluid she's been losing panting for so many hours. She's going to exhaust herself if we allow her to continue on as she's doing. This isn't something you'll be able to address at home. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Even though she had the shot over a week ago and she's been getting them for the past two years ?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

No, this behavior wouldn't be from her shot. This would be from another medication or chemical ingested or absorbed through her skin at the sitter's or afterward.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
She just got done eating a little bit and her breath's have calm down a lot almost normal now I still don't know what to do
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

If you believe her to be normalizing unaided you can simply continue to monitor her. Dogs who continue to eat are rarely in trouble.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Decided to go to the vet thank you for all your help and input
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

You're quite welcome. May I have an update on your boxer, please?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
They gave her something to calm her down she slept great and she's doing a lot better today thank you again
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Thank you for the good update. Was the reason for her agitation determined?

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin