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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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He can't lift his head. Walks slowly and shakes sometimes.

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He can't lift his head. Walks slowly and shakes sometimes. Won't eat or drink. Doesn't seem to be in pain
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: I have. There doesn't seem to be anything.
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Sarge and he's about 14
JA: Anything else I can tell the Veterinarian before I connect you two?
Customer: Not that I can thinking of
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Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr B replied 8 months ago.
Hi this is DRB and I would be happy to help you. Are you available for online chat now?
Expert:  Dr B replied 8 months ago.
Since I am not hearing back from you...I am going to opt out and allow another professional to help you....DRB
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I just saw this
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. The inability to lift the head is pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of neck pain as might occur with a cervical myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as intervertebral disk disease (a "slipped disk"), a spinal meningitis or meningoencephalitis, or perhaps tumor in or around the spinal cord. Shaking and anorexia are also pain responses. Sarge's vet will want to perform a thorough physical and neurologic exam on Sarge. I understand that advanced testing may not be appropriate at Sarge's age and so presumptive treatment 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 may be prescribed. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.