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My dog appears to be having trouble standing on s back legs

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My dog appears to be having trouble standing on his back legs and getting up as well as jumping onto things that he could jump on last night. He is an Italian Greyhound and also does not want to eat anything that he normally loves (like cheese). He wads fine yesterday evening but this morning he is not and he even nipped at me when I picked him up to put him on the couch.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Frisky is demonstrating signs of degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"). These dogs might vocalize when approached or lifted, be reluctant to jump up or down or navigate steps, have a change in posture - hold their necks stiffly and head lower to the ground, tremble/shake (pain responses), and have a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming reclusive or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". "Trouble standing on his back legs" suggests paresis (weakness) and ataxia "drunken sailor" indicating spinal cord compression and so it would be prudent to have Frisky attended to by his vet at your earliest convenience. Conservative care would involve a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug such as carprofen or meloxicam, a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam, and a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol. Frisky's movement needsto be severely restricted at this time. Should paralysis arise he would represent an emergency patient and likely be a surgical candidate for spinal cord decompression.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Frisky. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin

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