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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 pug started breathing heavy today and yelps at times when

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My pug started breathing heavy today and yelps at times when touched. This is not always though today. Her breathing is heavy and load. Sometimes it goes back to normal. Again this started today she has been inside all day. She is eating but not drinking to much. She has also went to bathroom twice today. Not su re why she is panting so hard.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner and I regret that I'm not allowed to correspond with customers outside of this venue.
Panting and vocalizing when approached or touched are pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of pain. That pain is likely to be present in a 4 year old Pug's back and is often due to degenerative disk disease - a "slipped disk". Supporting evidence of a disk includes reluctance to jump up or down or navigate steps, trembling/shaking (pain responses), a change in posture - a "hunch" in her back or holding her neck stiffly and head low to the ground, and a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy".
Princess's vet will need to perform a thorough physical exam paying particular attention to Princess's spine. Areas of hyperpathia (increased sensitivity) upon palpating (feeling) her back would be suggestive of a disk. Conservative therapy would then involve the use of a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug such as carprofen or meloxicam, a skeletal muscle relaxant such as diazepam or methocarbamol, and an opiate analgesic such as tramadol. Princess needs to be kept as quiet as possible at this time. Any evidence of paresis (weakness) or paralysis in a limb should prompt immediate attention from a vet.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

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

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