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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
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My dog has been acting different a week. She cries

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my dog has been acting different for about a week. She cries out in pain but I have assessed her and cannot find anything wrong. She started panting a little this evening. Her heart rate is steady, no skips, gallops. No pain in her limbs or obvious signs of injury. Not sure what is going on. She is only 5 yrs old. No hx of illness. Chihuahua/Yorkie Terrier mix female
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
any response?
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.
Hello. Sorry for the long wait. Given the signs, this is most likely IVDD (intervertebral disc disease). This is where a disc ruptures or herniates in the back pressing on the spinal cord which causes weakness and nerve roots which causes pain. Signs can be as mild as reluctance to walk/ climb stairs toas severe as full paralysis. Diagnosis is made on neuro exam and then can be confirmed with advanced imaging like MRI,CT or myelogram. Treatment is based on the stage of the disease: >Mild weakness/ pain can be treated with strict exercise restriction andanti-inflammatory meds (Rimadyl, Deramaxx) + other pain meds (Gabapentin,Tramadol). Crate confinement for the majority of the day with only short leash walks outside is key, and I like to do this for 1-3 weeks. >Severe neurologic deficits and paralysis require back decompressive surgery to correct. It sounds like your dog will do fine with the more conservative management. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.