How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question

Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 24376
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
55012488
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Dr. Michael Salkin is online now

Hiya, my mum has just has my dog put down, he is a old Tyme

Customer Question

Hiya, my mum has just has my dog put down, he is a old Tyme bull dog and is about 6 years of age. A few months ago his personality started to change and he just used to randy go for some people , he's never attacked me or anyone in the family he just never liked old women or some kids, he's always been warey off them. So a few weeks ago we started finding blood in his excretion and he's been being sick a few times but just bile nothing was coming up, he had blood clots coming from his bum, and my mum says he was in pain? He was fine in hisself though he still had a good appetite and drank plenty of water just a quote healthy dog. He's always had skin problems but that's just a bulldogs family, they tend too suffer with skin problems. My mum said he had 'Bowel Cancer' but if am being 100% honest she's been saying about getting rid of him for a while now so I think this was just a lie and an excuse. Can you please help too put my mind at rest please
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
My condolences for your loss of Bobbie. My initial thought was that his personality change was the result of pain-induced/irritable aggression. Metabolic disorders such as liver or renal disease, endocrine (hormonal) disorders, central nervous system (brain) disorders, or even a lack of sleep might lead to irritable aggression.
Bobbie's hematochezia (blood in his stool) wasn't necessarily due to "bowel cancer" but did indicate severe inflammation and/or ulceration in his lower gastrointestinal tract - certainly a disorder likely to make him cranky. In most cases, I would work up such a case by presumptively worming my patient and if that weren't helpful, performing a gastrointestinal diagnostic panel of blood/urine tests and moving on to X-ray or ultrasound my patient's abdomen and even scope and biopsy the GI tract if necessary. If financial constraints existed, I might simply presumptively treat for an ulcerative colitis with certain drugs designed for that purpose.
I suspect as you do, that mum felt that Bobbie's behavior was intolerable and his medical issues were the straw that broke the camel's back. There were alternatives to euthanasia. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish. I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner.

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found ""JustAnswer"" on my Google search -- you are now in my ""Favorites"" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George
< Previous | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found ""JustAnswer"" on my Google search -- you are now in my ""Favorites"" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    293
    Veterinarian for more than 30 years
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TO/tomasicvet/2011-3-15_20483_RTI.64x64.jpg Rebecca's Avatar

    Rebecca

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    293
    Veterinarian for more than 30 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MS/msb13sm/2011-3-7_52612_Dr.B.64x64.JPG Dr. Matt's Avatar

    Dr. Matt

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2354
    DVM - 13 years experience in canine medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/Dr. Gene/2012-6-29_2247_20120223174645649.64x64.jpg Dr. Gene's Avatar

    Dr. Gene

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1048
    DVM degree from Ontario Veterinary College
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/Vet help/2012-11-3_20182_Avatar2.64x64.png Vet help's Avatar

    Vet help

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    963
    12 yrs experience as a small animal veterinarian; 21 yrs exp. in the animal care field
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DE/debkatreyn/2011-11-28_33650_682e.64x64.jpg Dr. Debbie's Avatar

    Dr. Debbie

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    902
    Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KR/kritrdr/2014-3-26_152042_Dr.Gray1.64x64.jpg Dr. Dan's Avatar

    Dr. Dan

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2143
    12 years of experience with domestic and exotic dogs, PLEASE rate my service when satisfied.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DJ/djan2000/djan2000_avatar.64x64.jpg Dr. Dave's Avatar

    Dr. Dave

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2053
    21 years small animal general and emergency practice