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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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I have a labradoodle puppy 4 months old he seems to have a

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i have a labradoodle puppy 4 months old he seems to have a curveature in his spine is this normal or a problem later he is very active shows no problem in his play
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

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 by phone. Curvature of the spine exists mainly in two forms - scoliosis - sideways curvature - and kyphosis - excessive outward curvature of the spine, causing hunching of the back. Neither is normal and both can be associated with other anatomical abnormalities of the vertebra - hemivertebra and block vertebra, e.g. These anatomical problems may or may not cause clinical symptoms but if they do, those symptoms may arise at an indeterminate time. X-rays of Max's spine can give you an idea of just how affected he is but MRI is the imaging of choice for evaluating the likelihood of neurologic problems - ataxia/"drunken sailor" and urinary or fecal incontinence, mainly - arising in the future. It's a positive prognostic sign that Max currently appears unaffected but he's not "out of the woods" until we can evaluate his spine more thoroughly as mentioned above and find that his likelihood of having problems latter are minimal to none.

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