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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I moved with my dog from Hong Kong to Thailand earlier this

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I moved with my dog from Hong Kong to Thailand earlier this week which meant that he flew on an aeroplane for the first time. Since we arrived 4 days ago, he has had diarrhea which I assumed was related to stress. He is drinking water and eating (albeit less then he would usually do). This morning, he is having trouble with his back legs and is largely unable to walk. Can you advise what I should do? Many Thanks
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Ataxia ("drunken sailor", paresis (weakness) or paralysis in the hind legs has quite a few possible etiologies. Which breed is he, please? The miniatures are prone to intervertebral disk disease (a "slipped disk") but any breed can be affected. A tick paralysis should be considered if such ticks are present where you live. A local vet would know if that were the case. Ingestion of a toxin/insecticide such as bromethalin is a consideration. In most cases we need to consider a myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as a disk in such a patient and prompt attention by a vet who will attempt to decompress Dave's spinal cord by administering a potent antiinflammatory drug is recommended.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin