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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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Bad weight loss over the last 3 weeks; tenderness on his

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bad weight loss over the last 3 weeks; tenderness on his feet; muzzle turning grey seemingly overnight. I have him on 15mg CBD now as a starter. He eats well....I cook for him and his sister, Ella.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Ivan-Not-So-Terrible
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Ivan-Not-So-Terrible?
Customer: he has a bad bulge on his left hip that his become a LOT more apparent after his recent weight loss. It wasn't causing him difficulty and so, he, like me, ignored our hip problems. He injured it while he was a puppy, maybe 2 years old....playing with his sister. She cut him off at the run and he body-slammed into a large headstone [40 inches long, 2 foot tall and maybe 12-14 inches thick {a good(###) ###-####pound piece of stone} and knocked it right over
JA: Is Ivan-Not-So-Terrible bleeding a lot?
Customer: No. Why do you ask?
JA: Phew. I'm just trying to get information to help you.
Customer: He and his sister are 6......4/3/2017
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. You had me at "bad weight loss over the last 3 weeks". Which breed is Ivan, please? When my patient continues to eat well (or overeats) but loses a profound amount of weight, diabetes mellitus (should also cause increased thirst and volume of urine), hyperthyroidism (rare), maldigestion in the form of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency/a lack of digestive enzymes from the pancreas, and malaborptive (inefficient absorption of digested food) disorders need to be considered.

Please clarify what you're seeing that suggests "tenderness on his feet". You mentioned that he's 6 but posted 4/3/2017. Please clarify.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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

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