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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Our 12 year old bouncy female Labrador is very quiet and

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Hi our 12 year old bouncy female Labrador is very quiet and seems unsteady on her feet, and seems to be trembling/shivering when she is taking a breath, I am very worried.
Marina
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She is drinking a lot over the day. Please help
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner, Marina. While Lucy's symptoms are important, they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. Her being quiet, trembling/shivering suggests discomfort. Being unsteady on her feet is unclear; for example, it can indicate systemic pain, systemic weakness, limb paresis (weakness), or a painful spine. Her polydipsia (increased thirst) can arise secondary to urinary tract infection involving her kidneys, both hepatic and renal insufficiencies, diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, Addison's disease, Cushing's disease, electrolyte (sodium, potassium, chloride) imbalances, hypercalcemia (increased serum calcium level), and brain tumor. Pyometra (infected uterus) needs to be considered in an intact female. I don't mean to present you with an entire primer of the possible etiologies but the above should prompt attention by her vet at your earliest convenience. Lucy doesn't have the reserve that a much younger dog has and so "watchful waiting" isn't appropriate for her.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.
I can't set a follow up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update at your convenience.