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My 15 year old hound, adopted 6 months ago,...

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14 Jul 2021

My 15 year old hound, adopted 6 months ago, takes Rimadyl b.i.d. She weighs 72 lbs. worked well on her arthritus. for llast 4 months. But, last 3 days, when she comes out on potty break, she takes 10 - 15 steps out,then as she tries to void, she falls over on her side & remains "out" for 4 minutes, before she rises again. What should I do?
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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
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I'm sorry to hear about this with your elderly dog. You're describing syncopal ("fainting") episodes as seen with advanced cardiac disorders. She needs the attention of her vet at your earliest convenience. Careful auscultation (listening to) and X-rays of her chest as well as an EKG are important parts of a more thorough physical exam. Time is of the essence as she can be lost during one of these episodes.

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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin

Thank you for your kind accept.  I appreciate it.  I can't set a follow up in this venue and so please return to our conversation with an update at your convenience.

Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
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