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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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When he is sleeping he shivers on each inhale in his

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When he is sleeping he shivers on each inhale in his shoulder area. When he's awake it stops.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: He doesn't have lethargy
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: First-I didn't say he has lethargy.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Because this is such as common behavior we don't believe that is constitutes pathology in dogs; instead, it's conjectured to be associated with stage 5 (REM) sleep in dogs - the stage in which dreaming occurs. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Does that apply specifically to trembling ONLY on inhalation?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I'm asking for clarification as I know REM encompasses body movements while sleeping but I've had him for 9 Years and dogs for my whole life - I've never noticed this specific shoulder area tremble only when sleeping and only on the inhales - I'm making sure this was understood as The initial person taking my question completely Misduplicated my statement and wrote back something odd and unrelated.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Shaking/shivering/trembling during sleep has been reported to me often but I have no information concerning that behavior being limited to inhalation or exhalation. I searched the literature for this behavior and found nothing more than anecdotal comments about its lack of associated pathology. My interest was peaked by your question and so I also consulted with a specialist veterinary pathologist tonight. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thank you. Since he is himself when he is awake I will not worry. I'm staying in a colder home-Silly question possibly- and the Thermostat is set to 60 degrees and he's a lab mix, with lab fur. He couldn't be cold could he?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

You're welcome. No, 60F should be quite comfortable for a dog with such a coat.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thank you.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

It's my pleasure. You may receive an inappropriate follow-up from the site ostensibly sent by me. It wasn't and I apologize in advance should you receive it.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Ah yes. Good to know so I can distinguish between a vet I'm asking advise from and silly (annoying) things. It's good you told me.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I understand. An AI inappropriately discussed "lethargy" above.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Exactly. Didn't inspire trust but I assume that intro personnel is "what it is".
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I've put my two cents in to the powers that be.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thank you again - yeah I also have a hard time hiring for myself an online communication person. it was a jump to "lethargy" - then another leap right to a payment link after my correction. I almost bailed. Likely outsourced to a foreign country. Doesn't help to add a language component. They need better scripts of pat answers to instill trust and then the buy page.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

You're preaching to the choir. I would appreciate your letting support know how you feel either at***@******.*** or http://ww2.justanswer.com/help

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I just wrote to them. Off to take the dogs out one last time and then sleep. Best, Kristin
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Thank you.

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