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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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My 13 year old dog can barely use his back legs. He is also

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My 13 year old dog can barely use his back legs. He is also breathing heavily. I believe it might be time to put him to sleep, but I cannot get him to the vet until Monday. How do I know if he is in pain?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
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. Pain may be represented by abnormal vocalization, shaking/trembling, an increased respiratory rate/panting, a change in posture - a "hunch" in the back or holding the neck rigidly and head lower to the ground (spinal pain), and/or a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Inappetence is often an indication of pain as well.
A dog having a problem with his hind legs may not be painful but, instead, numb due to interruption to the innervation of those legs. 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 Duke. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Sadly, he died a few hours after I asked the question.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
My condolences for your loss of Duke. I appreciate your taking the time to let me known.