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Experience:  15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
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His tail is down, and he does not seem to be his happy self

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His tail is down, and he does not seem to be his happy self today. He is a male shih tzu 4 years old
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: His name is Julius
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Julius?
Customer: He has allergies to a variety of things and gets allergy shot once a week, he had a back problem (IVDD) but he seemed to have gotten over that
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today.

Anytime that a dog is not holding his tail in the right place and has a history of IVDD, we must suspect that there could be a link. Often a tail not being held erect can signal problems in the back. His symptoms are not indicative of any one diagnosis, but I would personally be looking toward the back for an answer. Often a dog with a single episode of IVDD will continue to have them in the future, especially if allowed to jump onto or off of surfaces like furniture and porches.

A veterinary exam would help you to determine if this is the cause and getting treatment started early may shorten the amount of time that he battles it. Failing this, I would begin kennel rest and try to minimize the stress on his back and neck as much as you can.

Let me know if I can help further.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Customer
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 months ago.

Checking in, JACustomer. How is your companion doing today?