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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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I have a 7 month old male great dane. I am concerned my vet

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I have a 7 month old male great dane. I am concerned my vet has misdiagnosed his symptoms. His face began to swell gradually over 24hrs last monday, he was given piriton on tuesday. Face and legs swelled badly wednesday more piriton and steroid injection. ..they think it was an allergic reaction to an insect bite. Saturday mirning vomiting bile, rushed to vet, more piriton to give and steroid injection...told its his part raw diet to blame. No raw food since friday, hes began vomiting again tonight after having fish and potatoes by advice if vet....what is going on? Hes lost quite a bit of weight
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. While an allergic response causing increased histamine is a consideration, I also need to consider other causes of subcutaneous edema. They include...Increased hydrostatic pressure in vessels as seen with right-sided congestive heart failureDecreased plamsa oncotic pressure as seen with hypoalbuminemia (low serum albumin level) due to increased loss in a protein-losing nephropathy/enteropathy or decreased production due to a poorly functioning liver or malnutrition Lymphatic obstruction caused by neoplasia, inflammation, or trauma - unlikely when his face and legs are involvedHas any diagnostic testing been performed - blood/urine tests, X-rays of his chest?
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