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Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  25 years of experience in large and small animal medicine.
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My schnauzer has trembling back legs. Not much of an apetite

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My schnauzer has trembling back legs. Not much of an apetite and has been in bed since yesterday. was able to get him to go to the bathroom
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: no wounds
JA: The Veterinarian will ask you more detailed questions to find out what is causing this. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: max, 6
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Max?
Customer: no
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 7 months ago.
Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question. My fear for your sweet Max is that he has suffered an injury to a disc in his back or has aggravated arthritis in his hips. This is very common in older schnauzers because of their conformation. Since Max does not have any digestive issues, this is the most likely cause for his pain and depression. Since this is deep within the vertebrae, he will not show pain when you touch or palpate these areas. This can happen when Max jumps up or down on something or just moves the wrong way. The best thing you can do for now as long as Max is eating some, is to give him aspirin at 5 mg per pound every 12 hrs. This will decrease the inflammation that is causing his pain and start to stabilize this disc. Do not allow him to jump on or off anything or even climb stairs to allow this disc to stabilize. It is best to have your vet examine Max to be sure that this is the case and that this treatment is appropriate. Does that make sense to you? Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please REPLY so I can clarify for you. Sincerely, ***** *****
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 7 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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