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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 Alsatian/lab has been limping over the past few day, he's

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My Alsatian/lab has been limping over the past few day, he's struggling to the point where he can't stand his back end up easily. The scary thing is yesterday he was eating and drinking ok, but today he's been panting, very unsettled and can't get comfortable. His breathing is getting really heavy. He just about drinks some water and won't eat anything, even his favourite treats. We're all really scared as he's got worse since we had to put our 12yr old westie to sleep due to cancer, he's never been the same. Please help us ! He's 12yrs old 🙏🙏🙏🙏
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The veterinarian will know how to help He 's. Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about He 's?
Customer: Completely stopped eating, barely drinks water. Has very heavy breathing . Struggling to stand and is constantly wandering around as if he's looking for something, someone or somewhere to finally rest 😞😭😭
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on your dog, please?

His behavior is most consistent with a severely painful dog but doesn't clarify the source of that pain. At his advanced age he doesn't have the reserve of a much younger dog and so if you haven't already done so, he should be attended to by his vet at your earliest convenience.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I've managed to spoon fed him some, and got him to drink some. But he's still severely struggling to stand up due to his back legs going. He's lost his sparkle and is so restless. He pants very heavily and cannot get comfy. We thought it might be broken heart as we had to put our westie to sleep 2 mths ago& he's not settled down since. He was there with us when she passed, do got to smell her.
Please help as my daughter who he's latched onto had had enough upset this year already.
Have a great day
Regards *****
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

Karen, his behavior isn't consistent with mourning. His symptoms are most suggestive of a myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"). This is usually addressed with 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. Please let me know if he's been attended to by his vet. I'm sorry for the delay in responding to you today.