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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 dog is acting lethargic this morning. moving very slowly

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my dog is acting lethargic this morning. moving very slowly and keeping his head down
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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, Lorie. When a miniature dog - particular a doxi - moves slowly, neck is held rigidly, and head is lower to the ground, a cervical myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as intervertebral disk disease (a "slipped disk") is an important consideration. These dogs should be attended to by their vet at your earliest convenience. If careful palpation (feeling) of the neck reveals hyperpathia (increased sensitivity), Riley's vet is likely to prescribe a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam, a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam, and a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol. Should you see paresis (weakness) or paralysis arise in any limb(s), Riley should be considered an emergency patient and perhaps a candidate for surgical decompression of his spinal cord.
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