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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I just woke up this morning, my 8 year old beagle was yelping

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Hi, I just woke up this morning, my 8 year old beagle was yelping at first then I took him outside and he would just sit there and start panting and shaking. What do you think it might be? Also, he's been to the vet before cuz he pulled something in his leg. Could he be having the same issue?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
His vocalizing, shaking and panting are pain responses. That pain is often centered in the back of an 8 year old Beagle and due to intervertebral disk disease (a "slipped disk"). His leg "issue" may actually have represented a spinal cord issue similar to sciatica in people. Additional supportive evidence of a disk includes reluctance to jump up or down or navigate steps, a change in posture - a "hunch" in his back or holding his neck rigidly and head lower to the ground - vocalizing when approached or lifted, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normal asocial dog becoming "clingy". Administering tramadol was appropriate but I'd like to see a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam on board at this time which would address the inflammation associated with spinal cord compression by a disk. Keeping him as quiet as possible is important so he doesn't hurt himself further. Should paresis (weakness) or paralysis arise in any limb(s), he should be attended to by an on-call vet at your earliest convenience. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Hi Jamie,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

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