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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My 11 year old Lab. is stumbling around this morning and

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My 11 year old Lab. is stumbling around this morning and having trouble standing up. He was acting weird before getting out of bed. When he got up very unsteady on his feet, but went outside and went to the bathroom. but now when he trys to stand he goes back ward and legs give out under him.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

While his behavior can indicate generalized weakness such as might be seen with a geriatric or a profoundly anemic patient, it's more likely to represent myelopathy - spinal cord disorder - such as degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") or perhaps fibrocartilaginous enfarct - an interuption of the blood supply to the spinal cord. It's important to have him attended to by his vet at your earliest inconvenience. If a disk is compressing his spinal cord, prompt relieving of the pressure on the spinal cord is important for the best prognosis for functional recovery. This is usually done with a potent prescription nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam. Aspirin is OK in a pinch at a dose of 10 mg/lb with food twice daily but doesn't have the antiinflammatory potency of those drugs.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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