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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 can feel a pounding in his chest it is very hard. He acts

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I can feel a pounding in his chest it is very hard. He acts normal but it's not. Lower rib cage right side
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog?
Customer: Almost like a spasm but under the rib cage
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: He doesn't he is acting normal
JA: OK. No obvious pain. Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: No we are hunting so lots of running the last 24 hours.
JA: Is the dog eating normally?
Customer: He ate last night didn't finish his food but that's not uncomon
JA: OK, abnormal eating. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Oz 3.5 years
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Oz?
Customer: He did hack a bit last night but nothing came up
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. If you can detect a "pounding" you're likely to be feeling a pounding heart and this can be life-threatening. Please have Oz's vet attend to Oz at your earliest convenience. Oz's heart will be carefully auscultated (listened to) and I would expect X-rays of his heart and lungs to be performed. An EKG may be recommended to better assess Oz's heart beat and rate. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Seems to have been dehydrated bunch of water and he good
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

Thank you for the good update. Dehydration isn't necessarily associated with a pounding heart and so if this pounding returns after another hunt, please don't hesitate to have Oz examined as I mentioned.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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

Dr. Michael Salkin