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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 DOGS LOWER BACK SIDES HURT AND HE WONT JUMP. NO FEVER NO

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MY DOGS LOWER BACK SIDES HURT AND HE WONT JUMP. NO FEVER NO PROBLEM WALKING AND HAVENT NOTICE ANY POTTY PROBLEMS OTHER THAN HAVING TO GO IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. YELPS IF I PET HIS BELLY SIDES. HE IS A 7LB RAT TERRIER AND MY VET ISNT OPEN UNTIL MONDAY
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
The symptoms you've reported in a rat terrier usually indicate back pain arising from the muscle spasms of degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"). Abdominal pain is a consideration if Wiley is less than one year of age and unlikely to be suffering from a disk.Degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") should be the most important differential diagnosis in such a miniature dog. Supportive evidence of a disk may include vocalizing when approached or lifted, having trouble jumping up or down and navigating steps, trembling/shaking (pain responses), a change in posture such as the neck held rigidly and head lower to the ground or a"hunch" in his back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Wiley's vet will want to carefully palpate (feel) about Wiley's dog's spine looking for areas of hyperpathia (increased sensitivity) suggestive of a disk. Conservative care involves the use of a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam, a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol, and a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam. You can dose Wiley with aspirin at 10 mg/lb with food at 12 hour intervals for now. Keep him as quiet as possible lest he hurt himself further.Should paresis (weakness) or paralysis arise in any limb(s), he'll need the attention of a vet at your earliest convenience. Such dogs are then surgical candidates for spinal cord decompression. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.