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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 min pin with lower abdominal pain. He was fine

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I have a min pin with lower abdominal pain. He was fine yesterday, and seemingly fine this morning. He got out of the yard for maybe 20 minutes this morning. And refused to eat or drink since then. He's ambulating just fine. Jumping and such with seemingly no issues. Lathargic though. Should I be very concerned at this point?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. It's been 15 hours since you posted and you're likely to have a better idea of the seriousness of Sig's malaise. May I have an update, please? What were you seeing that suggested lower abdominal pain? Please let me know if you still need help.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He's still eating and drinking. He's alert... I know that abdominal pain and back pain can present extremely similarly. He refuses to go down stairs, jump up or down. When I take him out side... he will sometimes walk backwards and sit down.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
As he's still eating and drinking, hasn't vomited and had a healthy stool early yesterday afternoon... I'm not too concerned.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

Thank you for the good update. His refusing to navigate stairs or jump up and down are pathognomonic (particularly indicative) of back pain. His continuing to eat and drink and not exhibit signs of GI distress (inappetence, vomiting an/or diarrhea) would belie abdominal pain. Intervertebral disk disease (a "slipped disk") is my initial thought in a 5 year old Min Pin but, of course, he might simply have suffered a soft tissue injury - sprain or strain - as well. I would keep him as quiet as possible and "watchful wait" to see what, if anything, develops. Paresis (weakness) or paralysis, of course, in any limb(s) would indicate prompt attention by his vet.

Please continue our conversation if you wish. I have to leave my computer for a few hours but promise to reply as soon as I return if need be.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Sig. How is everything going?
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