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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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He is a 13 year old mini dachshund this am when we put him

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he is a 13 year old mini dachshund this am when we put him down his front legs were giving out on him
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: he is eating and drinking water but he is very wobbly on his feet
JA: What is the dachshund's name?
Customer: nothing is wrong with his legs he is acting weird
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Nothing?
Customer: bentley
JA: Huh?
Customer: his names bentley
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.
When the front legs of an elderly doxi are paretic (weak) or, indeed, paralyzed cervical (neck) intervertebral disk disease (a "slipped disk") is the most important differential diagnosis. Less commonly, an encephalopathy (brain disorder) or spinal meningitis is present but these should cause more profound central nervous symptoms such as confusion, disorientation, and seizures.Bentley's vet will want to carefully palpate (feel) about Bentley's spine paying particular attention to the spinal segment between his shoulders and head. Conservative therapy is likely to consist 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. Bentley's prognosis is guarded. Simple disks can remiss within 3 weeks but his age and area of the spinal cord affected tends to result in quite protracted recoveries. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
also bentleys eyes are going back and forth just a minor bit
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
would bentley be wincing in pain with a slipped disc
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
could these symptoms mean a stoke of some kind
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
did you get these questions
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.
Ah! Thank you! You're seeing nystagmus which localizes the problem to his vestibular (balance) system. Older dogs suffer from the old dog vestibular syndrome which is idiopathic (unknown cause) and which is evidenced by some combination of head tilt, nystagmus, and ataxia ("drunken sailor"). I also need to consider a peripheral vestibular syndrome involving his middle and inner ear(s) as well as a central vestibular syndrome involving his brainstem or cerebellum. A central vestibular syndrome becomes more of an important differential diagnosis if his front legs are behaving as you described. Yes, I would expect a painful dog if a disk were present. Yes, stroke is possible but owners commonly think that their dogs suffered a stroke when, instead, the dogs are suffering from a vestibular disorder. Please continue our conversation if you wish.