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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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I have an elderly cocker spaniel, on holiday with us. Has

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hi, I have an elderly cocker spaniel, on holiday with us. Has been totally fine up till today, has suddenly gone very slow and a bit off her food. What do you think? Sally
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Sally, while Amber's symptoms are important they're quite nonspecific and nondiagnostic. At her advanced age there's rarely just one thing going on. Degenerative disorders such as chronic renal and hepatic insufficiency predominate as do various age-related malignancies. Are you noticing any other symptoms such as increased thirst and urine output? an increased respiratory rate? have you any manner in which to take her rectal temperature? Can you check her vitals for me, please?

1) Check her gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to her tissues).

2) Check her respiratory rate . She should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest.

3) Take her rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into her rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 38 - 39.2C. This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks. Her breathing etc normal. Slight incontinence problem. Have decided to go to the local vet tomorrow. So thanks anyway.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm pleased to hear that Amber will be attended to soon. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.