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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 got out of our yard when we found m he smelled like

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My dog got out of our yard when we found him he smelled like rotten dead animal 3 hours later he is walking around whimpering muscles are tight and stiff like he can barely move
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Ingesting the toxins of bacteria found in decaying animal matter can cause the symptoms you've described. This can be thought of as a tetanus-like infection. These patients should be attended to by their vet who will institute broad spectrum antibiotics intravenously and treat supportively with IV fluids and muscle relaxants. May I have an update on Romeo, please? If you've already had him attended to, please feel free to ignore my post.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Well after a visit to the animal hospital and X-rays they think he was attacked by a bigger dog he had a lot of swelling on his neck they gave him a shot of pain meds and something for the swelling and meds sent home with us
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the update. That certainly holds a better prognosis than my idea.