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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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Had my two year old male charabanc at vets today where the

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Hi had my two year old male charabanc at vets today where the vet said he had a abcess at his back passage she gave me metacam1.5mg 1.5 oral suspension pain killer and one weeks course of nisamax 50mg tablets he has had one tablet and one course of metacam1.5mg a couple of hours ago but we have noticed he is panting when breathing and his head is shaky is this normal we are so worried.the vet examined his heart resistors track said everything was fine.
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 that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Alfie, please?

Does "an abscess at his back passage" describe an anal sac gland abscess? If so, the antibiotic and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) should be helpful but if the abscess hasn't ruptured naturally or by Alfie's vet, the antibiotic won't be able to penetrate into the abscess well. Neither drug should cause panting and a shaky head but pain could result in that behavior. His "heart resistors track" is unclear to me. Please clarify.