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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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We have a 2 year old MinPin that we've had week. He's been

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Hi,
We have a 2 year old MinPin that we've had for one week. He's been happy and normal all week, being fed high quality kibble. Had him out all day running errands & took him to the beach, which tired him out, but he seemed happy. All of a sudden, when we go to pick him up, he yelps in pain, but still rolls over and likes having his belly rubbed, and I don't feel anything out of the ordinary, and he doesn't yelp if I gently press on parts of his abdomen. He stretched after a nap and didn't yelp. He's walking just fine, so it doesn't seem like the MinPin knee cap issue. Could it be a digestive issue? We fed him a little bit of French fry, pretzel (without salt), and a little bit of dried mango, which should all be fine. His stool was a bit loose before this all started. Before he went to bed, we fed him some pumpkin, but would appreciate any thoughts or advice you might have. Very puzzling.
Thank You!
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 this is necessarily conjecture without my physically examining Brutus, I can tell you that vocalizing when approached or lifted in our miniature breeds is pathognomonic (particularly indicative) of degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"). Of course, he may simply have strained or strained himself exercising as vigorously as he did. Soft tissue injuries remiss within the week in the great majority of cases. A disk usually quiets down within 3 weeks. Watch him closely. Should paresis (weakness) or, indeed, paralysis, arise in any limb(s), Brutus should be attended to by his vet at your earliest convenience. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for your response Dr Salkin. After observing him another day, it appears to be something psychological regarding his being startled after just waking up from a deep sleep and still being disoriented. He's a rescue, so we don't know his past history. He's since been cautiously picked up when fully awake with no yelping, has full mobility, has a healthy appetite and regular bodily functions, but the yelping was and continues to be alarming when it happens, hence my writing in about it.Thanks again,Chris
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the additional information, Chris. Your observation is apt. Keep in mind, however, that Brutus's behavior may have arisen in response to previous pain; in other words, a psychological response doesn't preclude a medical etiology. 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 Christopher Dawes,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Brutus. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin