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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 min pin stomach is swollen, more so on the left side. He

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My min pin stomach is swollen, more so on the left side. He is slow moving and seems to be weak/ pain. He is 8 yrs old
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Poppy
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Poppy?
Customer: He is generally a normal dog. He got sick Wednesday and vomited 3 times and had a softer then normal bowel movement twice. A couple days before he ate some beef roast on a bone. Thursday he was normal again. Yesterday he swelled in stomach and started acting weak again
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I'm worried about Poppy. Swelling predominantly in the left side of the abdomen might involve either the stomach or spleen - the major organs that live in the left side. I also need to consider a partial obstruction of his gastrointestinal tract if Poppy ingested beef bone along with the roast. His morbidity (severity of signs) dictates prompt attention by a vet who is likely to either X-ray or ultrasound Poppy's abdomen to get a better idea of why such swelling is present.

A general swelling can be due to excess gas in the GI tract as well as an abdominal effusion - free fluid in the abdominal cavity. Both can be seen in X-rays or ultrasound. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thank you for your help.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
The vet diagnosed him with diabetes, now on insulin twice a day and doing so much better. I do appreciate the help you gave me. X-rays showed everything else looked ok. His labs were off and had to have some pedalite to balance everything back out. Now on a proper diet to help with control of his diabetes also
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

Thank you! That's certainly a surprise and a curious finding with Poppy's abdominal swelling history. I'm pleased to hear that he's doing nicely. Thank you for taking the time to let me know.