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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 15 year old beagle had an episode of vestibular disease

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My 15 year old beagle had an episode of vestibular disease in June, recovered but back legs progressively weaker since, has lost all muscle mass in them. Also recently diagnosed with chronic renal disease, is on a special food for that and was treated for a urinary tract infection. ( successfully, last culture was clean) does the renal compromise also effect her muscles and rear leg strength? She seems to be loosing all her muscles, is there something else I'm missing or should be doing?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

To a minor degree if Candy is proteinuric - excess protein is being lost through her compromised kidneys. Myelopathy - spinal cord disorder - such as degenerative myelopathy (similar to Lou Gehrig's disease), advanced osteoarthritic changes in her spine, or perhaps tumor in or around her spinal cord - is the more likely cause of her muscle wasting. I regret that while physical therapy (swimming, regular walking, range of motion exercises) might be palliative for these dogs, supplements and drug therapy aren't effective. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Candy. How is everything going?
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