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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My Boston keeps doing the splits and has a hard time standing.

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My Boston keeps doing the splits and has a hard time standing. Seems to be in pain, but has no loss of appetite . Took him to our vet and had blood work. No infections and organs seem ok
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. If blood work hasn't identified a cause of overall weakness such as anemia resulting in JD's "doing the splits", both myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) and encephalopathy (brain disorder) needs to be considered. A painful myelopathy in the form of degenerative disk disease or perhaps a tumor in or around his spinal cord needs to be considered. Encephalopathies are less common but a steroid-responsive one such as granulomatous encephalomyelitis (GME) should be a consideration in a small dog such as JD. JD's vet should carefully palpate JD's spine for areas of hyperpathia (increased sensitivity) and X-rays of JD's spine should be considered at this time as well. An encephalopathy is more of a challenge to confirm often necessitating a cerebrospinal fluid tap and MRI. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.