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Dr. Michael Salkin
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He was lying on the couch and cried out appeared to be in

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he was lying on the couch and cried out appeared to be in pain we got him off the couch and was walking with his back arched and trembling like it is cold
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The noise must be worrying. I'll connect you to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bruno age around 6 years we have had him 3 - he was a stray
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bruno?
Customer: is healthy otherwise
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 days ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Bruno. Which breed is he, please? His vocalizing and "hunch" in his back strongly suggests intervertebral disk disease (a "slipped disk"). Supportive evidence of a disk may include vocalizing when approached or lifted, having trouble jumping up or down and navigating steps, ataxia (“drunken sailor”), 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". Bruno's vet will want to carefully palpate (feel) about Bruno'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. These drugs are usually administered for at least ten days. Most simple disks will remiss within a few weeks. It's important to keep these dogs as quiet as possible lest they hurt themselves further.

Should paresis (weakness) or paralysis arise in any limb(s), he'll need the attention of his 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.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 days ago.

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Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Thanks again I plan to call his vet tomorrow and take him in to see him
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 days ago.

Sounds good. Please keep me posted.

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