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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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Got six greyhounds in kennel. All I'll. Had one taken to

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Got six greyhounds in kennel. All I'll . Had one taken to vets for full blood checks nothing found
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Got 6 greyhounds in kennel. One recent addition. They all became ill and lost a second in races. Symptoms cramp lethargic red eyes baldness vomiting. The new arrival has been to vets and the bloods checked it seems ok. It came from Ireland and the sellers kennel are ill. They have had linconsin. They got white spots near tonsils. Eyes are pussy and weeping. At the same time the new bitch I put 12 caged canarys in the kennel. Nothing seems to make them better
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Could the canarys have gave them something. Could the new bitch be a carrier. What do you think they got.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Dean, it's reasonable to assume that the new addition brought an infectious agent into your kennel. The white spots near the tonsils need to be cultured in order to determine which, if any, pathogenic bacteria are present and, if so, which antibiotic is the best to address it. Lincosin doesn't have good efficacy against gram negative bacteria. A viral agent is possible as well but we don't culture for them. Instead, Blue's vet can perform a PCR canine respiratory disease panel which can detect the presence of canine respiratory coronavirus, canine adenovirus type 2, canine parainfluenza virus, canine herpesvirus type 1, canine influenza virus, canine distemper virus, and the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica. PCR testing is DNA-based; it's pricey but very sensitive.

No, I don't believe we should incriminate the canaries as carriers of disease to your dogs. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Blue weeping out of both eyes he not dehydrated but drinking lots of water
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

It would be prudent to instill a broad spectrum antibiotic ophthalmic ointment into those eyes thrice daily for a minimum of 10 days. Terramycin would be a good choice: https://www.amazon.com/Peak-Marketing-Terramycin-Ophthalmic-Ointment/dp/B00063KGUK You might find it in a local pet/agricultural merchant as well.

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