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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog is listless and had a limp when i took her out to walk.

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My dog is listless and had a limp when i took her out to walk. No personality at all and does not seem to want to jump on bed with me
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. While lameness, reluctance to jump up, and listlessness aren't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder, I am concerned that a miniature dog such as Prada is suffering from a painful back - often due to intervertebral disk disease (a "slipped disk"). Supportive evidence of a disk includes shaking, trembling (pain responses), a postural change - a "hunch" in her back or holding her neck rigidly and head lower to the ground, vocalizing when approached or lifted, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming reclusive or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Of course, Prada may simply have hurt herself too - a soft tissue injury such as sprain or strain. Unless she remissed unaided within 72 hours, it would be prudent to have her vet perform a thorough physical exam paying particular attention to Prada's spine. Should she become paretic (weak) or paralyzed in any limb(s), she would need immediate attention from a vet. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Well it is not her back I am concerned about and I am puzzled why you focused on that area. She is listless and no energy. She does not want to\move and has a temp of 104.8. I don't really think that is a back issue. I think you went way off course here.
She is a bit anemic and I am wondering if she inhaled some carpet cleaner to cause this type of behavior.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for the additional information. Lameness and reluctance to jump suggests back pain. That thought was only an educated guess - not a diagnosis. Those symptoms aren't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of back pain, of course.
Such a fever and slight anemia aren't symptoms of carpet cleaner exposure. Fever arises from inflammation - often the inflammation associated with infection.
As I mentioned initially, if 72 hours have passed and she remained symptomatic, she'll need her vet to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests and perhaps imaging in the form of X-rays or ultrasound. Her symptoms aren't specific for any one disorder; hence, the need for her to be attended to.
Please ignore the above if her fever and anemia were detected by her vet already. Hopefully testing has begun and you'll have a better idea of what's going on with her. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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