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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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He drinks a lot! Thats about it. Hes a good boy. Fixed about

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He drinks a lot!
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: Thats about it. Hes a good boy. Fixed about 10 yrs old. We rescued him. He has a toumor that she said was benign in his mouth. Doesnt seem to bother him. Very active. When we let him out of kennel he goes crazy trying to find water
JA: Some lumps are serious and some aren't. Let's see what the Veterinarian has to say. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Hercules
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Hercules?
Customer: Other than the drinking i dont think so. We have only had him a couple days
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Hercules. Drinking more than usual (polydipsia) and urinating a higher volume of urine (polyuria) are danger signs for quite a few disorders. These include both hepatic and renal insufficiencies, urinary tract infection involving the kidneys; diabetes mellitus, Cushing's disease, hyperthyroidism - all three will also cause increased hunger (polyphagia), hypercalcemia (increased serum calcium level - often due to lymphoma), electrolyte (sodium, potassium, chloride) imbalances, and the rarer Addison's disease, diabetes insipidus, and brain tumor involving the hypothalamus. Hercules vet will need to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of fasted blood and urine tests in order to clarify what those symptoms are signifying. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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

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