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My dog is not acting herself

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Hi. My dog is not acting herself
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. Fancy's behavior is pathognomonic (particularly indicative) of cervical (neck) pain. The most common cause of such pain in a 7 year old miniature breed is intervertebral disk disease - a "slipped disk". Supportive evidence of a disk includes vocalizing when approached or lifted, trembling/shaking (pain responses), reluctance to jump up or down or navigate steps, a change in posture - a "hunch" in her back or holding her neck stiffly and head lower to the ground, difficulty lowering her head to eat or drink, and a change in behavior such as a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". In most cases, conservative care involves the use of a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam, an opiate analgesic such as tramadol, and a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam. X-rays of her spine may be recommended but most of us will eschew such diagnostics unless surgery is contemplated.

Spinal meningitis and a Chiari-like malformation involving her cervical spinal cord are additional considerations but not as commonly found as is a slipped disk. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi. The vet said she had an ear infection. She seems to be 95%better. She barks fine now and is more active than yesterday since receiving antibiotics for her ear. I still can't quite figure out the yelping from touching her under her front limb, I haven't tried to pick her up yet since I'm afraid I'll hurt her.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I agree with you. An ear infection doesn't explain her yelping when picked up but I'm not going to argue with success.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your help. I will keep your info in mind if she continues to act in pain. She is on a few different medicines daily for her bones omega, conquer plus and duralactin. She had luxating patellas and fell down the steps a year or so ago and has had an adjustment and some cold laser therapy. I love my baby and only can hope her pain is arthritic.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

It's a fuzzhead! She's in my customer photo folder now! Thank you!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you and Your welcome. Yes she's a ball of fluff. My little fancy :)
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Fancy. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin

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