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I have a 12 year old bichon frise Yesterday he cried when

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Hello I have a 12 year old bichon frise
Yesterday he cried when walking on his own and since then he has been shaking and walking like if he didn't have control of his back legs
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 9 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am so very sorry to hear about your little one. My primary concern is an injury to the back back, not necessarily doing something like jumping off the furniture and crying out, they can be walking around the house and have a disc herniation because of their anatomy.

Here is more information on this condition:

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/intervertebral-disc-disease-thoracolumbar-area-in-dogs/page1.aspx

Ideal is to have your veterinarian evaluate your dog to definitively diagnose the problem and start on appropriate medication to control the discomfort. Until you are able to do this please restrict activity (which often they are already doing themselves but that means no steps/ stairs and only carrying to go potty) and rotating warm and cool compresses on the back in ten minute intervals to reduce pain and increase blood flow.

You can also do light circular massage up and down the back to stimulate blood flow if this is not too painful and will allow it.

To pick your dog up please use one hand between front legs and then scooping behind back legs to avoid pressure in the middle of the back. I have actually trained my little dogs to put their front legs on my forearm to minimize pressure on their backs and the associated discomfort.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions I can assist with. I hope you are able to get your little one comfortable soon, truly.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
he hang eaten since yesterday.. What can I do about that?
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 9 months ago.

You can do a few things:

- Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg/ pound every 12 hours about 15 minutes before attempting a meal
- Small frequent meals of white rice and lean boiled meat to entice the appetite yet be bland as well

If he is not eating then I wouldn't push food. He could be nauseous from not feeling well or simply has a lack of appetite and feeding can result in vomiting if either is the case. Dogs can go many days without a meal and have no ill effects. Once on pain medications he should feel better but the bland diet might be enough to get him interested in eating again

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 9 months ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier

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