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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have a 2 1/2 year old Schipperke I rescued a year and a

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I have a 2 1/2 year old Schipperke I rescued a year and a half ago. She has always had a lot of energy and has been aggressive. Very protective over me. She growls at my husbands all the time. About three weeks ago she started crying when you picked her up and she acts like she has
Lyme disease. Arching her back, running fevers 103.7, not all of the time sometimes it normal. Her neck can hurt she favors first one paw then the other, she stands in one spot stiff legged for hours or she will put her head down and leave her butt up. She cries when you pick her up and left her around her hind quarters so either her hips or her stomach is hunting. I take her to the vet and she has only cried one or twice. We have had x-Rays, blood tests, Lyme test done and the vet can not find anything. He says maybe a pinched nerve. She has been on antibiotics and pain medicine. It does seem to help. I am at loss.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

A "pinched nerve" - spinal compression, usually - was my initial thought but Sadie's fever should also have us considering a scenario such as discospondylitis - an infection of the end plates between two vertebra or a meningoencephalitis particularly in light of her cervical (neck) spine being painful which is consistent with both an encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and a cervical meningitis. I believe we're at the point at which a specialist veterinary neurologist (please see here: www. acvim.org) will need to examine Sadie and I would expect a cerebrospinal fluid tap and MRI to be recommended. I don't believe her pain is originating from her abdomen. Less commonly, a polyneuropathy (more than one nerve inflamed), polymyositis (more than one muscle inflamed), or polyarthritis (more than one joint inflamed) will be diagnosed in such a patient.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your knowledge and help I just got off the phone with our vet and that is exactly what we were thinking so she is setting up a referral at Mich. University to see a neurologist. We need to find something out.
Again thank you for your help.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're quite welcome. 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.