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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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My dog has congestive heart failure he went to the vet today

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my dog has congestive heart failure he went to the vet today he has a EKG and other blood work he came home his inside of his mouth is very cold
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I need you to take his core temperature for me. Please place a body thermometer 1 1/2 inches into Buddy's rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

we do not have a thermometer he seems to feel better his nose is less cold and his mouth is less cold we gave him a warm drink and also his heart pill. His body seems warm. they gave him a flea bath.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
That sounds good. Heart failure patients - both dogs and humans - may not perfuse their extremities with blood adequately resulting in those extremities being cooler than the core temperature. As long as that core temperature is maintained, however, simply bundling up in warm clothes - a dog sweater in this case - should suffice. When the core temperature drops below 98F, however, major organs begin to fail. Please consider having a thermometer at home. Checking his temperature and respiratory rate - it should remain under 40 breaths/minute at rest - are easy assessments of his condition.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

he is at this time 62 a minute he's resting but still kind of breathing heavy and he's still cold although it's better and we had just brought him home from the vet when I questioned the vet about this they said He had breath like this all day. altough at that time we did not know about his mouth.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Buddy is going to exhaust himself at that rate. How did his tests look? Were X-rays of his chest performed? If so, were his lungs clear of fluid?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank you so much. He just left us.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Oh my. My condolences for your loss.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

thank you and be blessed

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
You're welcome. I'm sorry I couldn't do more.
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