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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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WE HAVE A SMALL WESTIE THAT KEEPS SHAKING NO APPETITE AND

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WE HAVE A SMALL WESTIE THAT
KEEPS SHAKING NO APPETITE AND CRIES SHE WE TOUCH HER.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Vocalizing when approached or lifted, shaking (a pain response), and appearing lame on both hind legs (ataxia/drunken sailor?) is highly suggestive of degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") in a 3 year old Westie. Supportive evidence of a disk also includes difficulty jumping up or down or navigating steps, a change in posture such as holding the neck stiffly and head lower to the ground and a "hunch" in the back as well as a change in behavior - a normally social dog acting aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog acting "clingy". X-rays of the spine can be helpful in identifying a disk but often times MRI is necessary. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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