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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Since last night he is been arching s back, it looks like s

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Hi, since last night he is been arching his back, it looks like his back is not how it used to be, and he won't even make an attempt to walk
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: No I have not, he was perfectly ok, it just happen so sudden
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: Tobi, born 5/2003
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Tobi?
Customer: No
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

Arching of the back is usually associated with the muscle spasms occurring concomitant with degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"). It may also occur secondary to abdominal pain. A disk should be the most important differential diagnosis in 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 his back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Tobi's vet will want to carefully palpate (feel) about Tobi'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.

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