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My 11 year old ShihTzu started walking stiffly yesterday with

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My 11 year old ShihTzu started walking stiffly yesterday with a hunched back. Earlier today she was less stiff but I just gave her a bath and noticed that the sides of her stomach area seem very hard and extended.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 years ago.

Hi, I am Dr. Peter and would like to help.


1- Any vomiting?

2- Is she on any medications?

3- Was the stiffness on all 4 legs?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
No vomiting, drinking lots, no constipation. She is not on any meds and the stiffness/wobbling action is on the hind legs only. She will only sit or lay - no vets open in my area.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 years ago.

Is it fair to say to she drinking more then usual?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
When she drinks, she drinks a lot, however, she mostly just wants to lay in her bed and grunts when you pick her up - I am quite concerned about the hardness around her mid section.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 years ago.

Arch back is a sign of pain; which could be either related to abdominal pain or back pain. The fact you notice hardness in the abdomen, it could be related to abdominal pain. I normally would recommend pain killers like Buffered Aspirin, but, in this case, I will recommend not to give any Buffered Aspirin until she is seen by a vet and determines what is the cause of this pain. The aspirin could make certain abdominal conditions worst. I will recommend have her checked in the morning by your vet.


If you have additional questions I will be glad to answer them.


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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX just found a vet that is open - may I email you later to tell you the diagnosis?
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 years ago.
Great!!! I will be on for another 30 mins. But, will be back on tomorrow morning. Would like to hear very much the diagnosis. Thank You.

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