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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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Five year old dog fine when he went out to potty but seems

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Five year old dog fine when he went out to potty but seems to gave missteped and now won't walk. Or if he does its only a few steps. Panting too.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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Which breed is he, please? His panting - a pain response - and reluctance to walk suggests an acute episode of musculoskeletal pain associated with intervertebral disk disease (a "slipped disk") or perhaps he was envenomated by a flying insect or spider or suffered a traumatic event. Had you noticed reluctance in jumping up or down or in navigating steps lately? Vocalizing when lifted or approached?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Boxweiler. It seemed out of the blue. His vet has him on glucosamine. Just fearing the worst.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the additional information. Yes, a disk can be peracute (sudden/out of the blue). We know that he's osteoarthritic if glucosamine has been prescribed and so back pain is a reasonable assumption. Do you currently see a change in posture - a "hunch" in his back or his holding his neck rigidly and head low? Is he ataxic ("drunken sailor")?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
When he tries to walk. Otherwise his posture seems like normal.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Thank you again. He'll need a thorough physical exam and prompt antiinflammatory and analgesic therapy. I would expect his receiving a potent nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam and an opiate such as tramadol or buprenorphine from an on-call vet. The sooner these patients are attended to, the better the prognosis for recovery. Please continue our conversation if you wish.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for your help.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The emergency vet said it appeared to be some sort of soft tissue injury and other than going outside to take care of business, no rough play or walks for a week. Also gave him a prescription for gabapentine and tramadol.He's had prednasone recently for an ear infection so no Rimadyl for now.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the update. How is he responding to therapy, please?