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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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My chihuahua is 8 yrs old and seems to have pain in her legs,

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My chihuahua is 8 yrs old and seems to have pain in her legs, back or stomach. When I poke and prod she doesn't make noises, but she won't jump on and off things or climb stairs. She will hardly move and is on day 2 of not eating. Her last bowel movement was yesterday. Those have been solid for the most part. There are no protrusions or swollen areas and I'm pretty sure she hasn't eaten anything lately, as far as poison or otherwise. She's so bothered she sort of army crawls so I'm not sure what's going on but she's acting very weird. She also shakes if you hold her. There's no vomiting. Any ideas on what to do?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Ashley, my initial thought is that Sassy's pain is originating from her spine. Shaking (a pain response) in conjunction with difficulty jumping up, down, and navigating stairs suggests degenerative disk disease in an 8 year old miniature dog. Constipation arises because it's painful for these dogs to position themselves to defecate. Sassy's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam paying particular attention to palpating (feeling) about Sassy's spine for areas of hyperpathia (increased sensitivity) suggestive of a slipped disk. Please keep her as quiet as possible until she can be attended to. Should a limb(s) become paretic (weak) or paralyzed, Sassy would need the attention of a vet at your earliest convenience. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.