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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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Small dog having trouble controlling hip wolks left or rig

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small dog having trouble controlling hip wolks left or right
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. It sounds as if Barny is ataxic ("drunken sailor"). This can occur secondary to an overall weakness, intoxication by drug or chemical, or more commonly, due to myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as intervertebral disk disease (a "slipped disk") or, less commonly, encephalopathy (brain disorder). Barny's vet will need to perform a thorough physical and neurologic exam in order to clarify why Barny is behaving in that manner. For now, it's important that you keep Barny as quiet as possible so he doesn't hurt himself further. I'm sorry that I can't be more specific for you from here. I can tell, you, however, that it's best that Barny be attended to at your earliest convenience because cases in which spinal cord compression exist respond best to therapy when initiated promptly. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Hi Pete,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Barny. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin