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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I thim, i think my chaweeny tried to jump on a shelf to get

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i thim
JA: I'm sorry that I thim is feeling poorly. What is the matter with I thim?
Customer: i think my chaweeny tried to jump on a shelf to get the cat food...now she has a humpped back and her hind legs are not walking right
JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: yes no wounds
JA: The Veterinarian will know what to do. How old is I thim?
Customer: 6yrs
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about I thim?
Customer: she is eating and drinling very little...she has a history of pulling muscles getting through the fence
Submitted: 9 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 days ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your chaweeny. Degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") should be an 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, 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 her back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Her vet will want to carefully palpate (feel) about your 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. 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.

Because paresis (weakness)/paralysis has arisen in her hind limbs, she needs the attention of her vet at your earliest convenience. Such dogs are surgical candidates for spinal cord decompression. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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