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Maltipoo- male-last 5 days refuses to get up, cries out when

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stands, cries as wants to...
Maltipoo- male-last 5 days refuses to get up, cries out when stands, cries as wants to get up from laying position, walks with abnormal gait, disposition change-quiet, eating is limited-no fatty meals provided previously, activity diminished, abdomen soft, eyes react to sound, body tense, weighs approx 20lbs. Negative to pain while massaging hind legs and back. History of seizures.
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Eating on side of bowl,
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Intervertebral disk disease (a "slipped disk") would top my differential diagnosis list for a 6 year old maltipoo demonstrating those symptoms. Supportive evidence for a disk includes reluctance to jump up or down, navigating steps, vocalizing upon being approached or lifted, a change in posture - a "hunch" in his back or holding his neck rigid and head low - a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming reclusive or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy" - and shaking/trembling (pain response).
Louie's vet should take a look at him. Conservative therapy for such a patient usually involves a potent nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam +/- a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam +/- an opiate analgesic such as tramadol.
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