Dog Veterinary

Ask a dog vet and get answers to your dog health questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My husband and I had been away for several weeks and we just…

Customer Question
My husband and I...

My husband and I had been away for several weeks and we just found out from our helper that she's been having extreme difficulty urinating, sometimes squatting for 10 minutes. Our nanny thought it was just a sign of old age so didn't think to tell us. Today, she vomited a foamy red.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?

Not that we know of. She's old, but still quite energetic

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name?

Bella

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bella?

She started growing what I researched as pulpous growths on her chest. But they don't seem to bother her.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 2 hours by:
9/21/2017
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 35,473
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
Verified

You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm currently typing up my reply. Please be patient. This may take a few minutes.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Bella. She appears to be stranguric - frequent attempts to urinate little or no urine. This most often is due to a bacterial urinary tract infection. Bella's vet will want to obtain urine by cystocentesis (percutaneous aspiration of Bella's bladder through her abdominal wall) and perform a complete urinalysis looking for the tell-tale signs of infection - the presence of bacteria and abnormal numbers of either red or white blood cells. If found, a broad spectrum antibiotic is usually prescribed for 10-14 days and the urine is rechecked 2 days after the course of antibiotic is done to make sure that her urinary tract has been sterilized. Alternatively, the urine might be cultured to identify just which bacteria are present and which antibiotic would be the very best to prescribe. This is called a bacterial culture and sensitivity and is particularly useful when the urine is quite dilute making finding of bacteria and cells in a urinalysis difficult.

Other considerations include urinary calculi (stones) and, less commonly, transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder/urethra. Her hematemesis - vomiting with blood - is worrisome for quite a few disorders including bleeding disorders, heavy metal intoxication, infectious disorders, metabolic disorders including renal disease which needs to be an important consideration because she's stranguric and neoplasia such as the transitional cell carcinoma I mentioned above.

Bella is in need of her vet's attention at your earliest convenience. Her tumors are important but her stranguria and hematemesis need attention first. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago
Hi,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a dog veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 35,473
35,473 Satisfied Customers
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience

Dr. Michael Salkin is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

904 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,499 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

10,818 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,089 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,808 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

8,947 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
I have a 12 year old cocker spaniel who has huge mass in her
I have a 12 year old cocker spaniel who has huge mass in her abdomen that we have decided not to remove. She now has growth by her ear, under her ear flap, that is very red, ozzes and bleeds. I can no… read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,621 satisfied customers
My dog has 3 small pink/ things coming out of the skin on
Hello. My dog has 3 small pink/white things coming out of the skin on her chest. … read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
I found this red growth on him, at first I thought it was a
I found this red growth on him, at first I thought it was a tick but upon closer look it it seems like some kind of growth … read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,808 satisfied customers
I have a question? My Red Lab Bella just turned 1 year old
I have a question? My Red Lab Bella just turned 1 year old Mar 30 2016. She is sweet, very smart. She Loves everyone, and she has the lab tail that just goes Thump, Thump! Whenever she Is happy. My qu… read more
Jess K
Jess K
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,514 satisfied customers
My dog has had a growth on his leg some time.Years.
My dog has had a growth on his leg for quite some time.Years. The vet said it wasn't cancerous and was ok as long as it didn't bother him. I noticed this last week it grew a bit but from this morning … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
35,473 satisfied customers
Last night at 11 p.m. (PST) our 4 yr. old granddaughter put
Last night at 11 p.m. (PST) our 4 yr. old granddaughter put a Finish Powerball Dishwasher tablet in our dishwasher. Our attention was diverted elsewhere and when we looked in the dishwasher dispenser … read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
569 satisfied customers
Good morning, I am looking for some advice and professional
Good morning, I am looking for some advice and professional opinion. My handsome boy, Duke, an 11 yr old black lab (neutered), just had an ultrasound done a few days ago which shows, according to the … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
35,473 satisfied customers
golden retriever mix: 27lb 10 year old female..paw..tick
I have a golden retriever mix 27lb 10 year old female. Last fall I noticed a small lump on her front left lower limb, right at the bend of above her paw. I thought it was a tick but then realised that… read more
Dr. Matt
Dr. Matt
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,555 satisfied customers
Hi, My dog is an 8 year old female lab. She has not been
Hi, My dog is an 8 year old female lab. She has not been spayed. About a year ago, we noticed she had a small bump on her breast area. The skin didn't look red and it didn't bother her at all. I admit… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Practice owner
Doctoral Degree
6,702 satisfied customers
Hi, Our dog Bella is a 10 yr old Weimeraner and since moving
Hi, Our dog Bella is a 10 yr old Weimeraner and since moving to Townsville, North QLD about 7 mths ago have had nothing but trouble with her and various illnesses. She has had a couple of bouts of ser… read more
Dr. Christie
Dr. Christie
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,348 satisfied customers
pug: her ear, and it gets..usually energetic but she has slowed down
my pug has a small bump on the side of her head. it is right in front of her ear, and it gets redder when she excersizes more. she is usually energetic but she has slowed down since it started growing… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
35,473 satisfied customers
Our three year old Lab is losing hair on both sides of her absominal region (sides). At f
Our three year old Lab is losing hair on both sides of her absominal region (sides). At first we thought it was from laying down on those spots. Do you know what may cause this? We also noticed this d… read more
CriticalCareVet
CriticalCareVet
Veterinary Specialist
Doctoral Degree
57,087 satisfied customers
I need some advice on our Great Pyrenees, we have had her since
I need some advice on our Great Pyrenees, we have had her since she was 4 months old, she is 2 years old now. She has been around goats ever since we got her. She has attacked some of our goats and th… read more
Dr. BJ Hughes
Dr. BJ Hughes
Veterinarian
Post-Doctoral Degree
4,674 satisfied customers
My husband and I adopted Bisbee, a 15-week old Newfoundland
My husband and I adopted Bisbee, a 15-week old Newfoundland puppy, 3 weeks ago. At that time she was 19 pounds, and the breeder had us sign a contract that we would feed her only Eagle Pak large and g… read more
Dr. BJ Hughes
Dr. BJ Hughes
Veterinarian
Post-Doctoral Degree
4,674 satisfied customers
I have a boston terrier, Bella, who is almost 6 years old.
I have a boston terrier, Bella, who is almost 6 years old. For the last month it seems that her behavior has changed some. Bella used to only bark at the bigger noises around the apartment complex, bu… read more
Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta
Large and small animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
22,387 satisfied customers
My poor dog has been so sick. She is a 75lb German sheperd
My poor dog has been so sick. She is a 75lb German sheperd with a very sensitive stomach. She had been diagnosed with Lyme disease and another tick disease that I'm not sure of the name. The tests the… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
674 satisfied customers
Hello, My 6 year old yellow lab -- healthy and energetic always
Hello, My 6 year old yellow lab -- healthy and energetic always hungry -- has a growth by her whiskers on the side of her snout. it is round and raised , about 3/4 of an inch in diameter, and has the … read more
Dr. Dave
Dr. Dave
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
3,213 satisfied customers
My dog likes to lay on her back, so I can scratch or rub her
My dog likes to lay on her back, so I can scratch or rub her belly. Today I noticed a red spot near her 'lower parts. It's redish pink, and is swollen (the size of a child's finger). Should I be conce… read more
Dr. Karen
Dr. Karen
Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine
632 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x