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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My Bichon Frise has been kicking his back legs the entire day.

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My Bichon Frise has been kicking his back legs the entire day. He sometimes does this before defecating or if he gets too excited like when sees another dog, but today he's been doing it constantly. It looks like his back legs are twitching uncontrollably and he's walking around the house more than usual now. He's a Bichon Frise/Maltese mix and he's about 12-13 years old. Should I be concerned about this?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I suspect that his hind legs are either painful or he's experiencing a paresthesia - burning, numbness, tingling, itching or prickling which can arise in association with myelopathies (spinal cord disorders) - the most common of which is degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") in a small breed. This would be supported by his restlessness (a pain response) and you might also note that he's having trouble jumping up or down, navigating steps, trembling/shaking (pain responses), vocalizes when approached or lifted, and his behavior may be altered - a normally social dog becoming reclusive, e.g.
If his behavior persists, it would be prudent to have his vet thoroughly examine him paying particular attention to his spine. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.