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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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I have a 10 yr old Min Pin. She has had neck/back problems

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Hi Dr Dan. I have a 10 yr old Min Pin. She has had neck/back problems for a few years now that have caused her problems with her hind legs. Just recently though, it has gotten really bad. She can hardly hold herself up to pee and falls when she trys to. She doesn't seem to pee much either, like she is holding back. I am taking her to a new vet on Monday as my vet has closed his practice. I am nervous and scared for her. Any thoughts?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I understand your concern at this time. Such paresis (weakness) or paralysis indicates surgical decompression of the spinal cord in a miniature dog who has demonstrated the symptoms of degenerative disk disease over the years. Surgery, however, isn't likely to be of much value due to the chronicity of that disease; it's much more helpful when performed within hours or days following an acute episode of paresis/paralysis.
Pragmatically speaking, you're restricted to the use of a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as the meloxicam +/- a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam +/- a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol. An orthopedic cart (please see here: http://www.k9carts.com) might be considered for Cricket as well.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Cricket. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin

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