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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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3 year old female Shih Tzu went to vet yesterday because she

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Customer: 3 year old female Shih Tzu went to vet yesterday because she would not eat, drink, pee or poo for over 24 hours. vet did ultrasound which revealed her uterus is fine. No blood or worms in solid stool, which took place when the vet checked her. He gave her a antibiotic shot, 14 days of antibiotic pills, and Rimadyl (1/day) for pain. 24 hours later her back legs are down and she drags them behind but doesn't get too far. She pants and holds her head back, seems like to breathe. The ER we would have to take her to is highly expensive. At this point I would be surprised if she makes it through the night. Any ideas what this sounds like to you?
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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. Please let me know if you still need help. Your Shih Tzu's behavior indicates both encephalopathy (brain disorder) or myelopathy (spinal cord disorder). Hind leg paralysis, panting (a pain response but also seen with encephalitis), "holding her head back" (indicative of encephalitis) should put meningoencephalitis on the top of my differential diganosis list. I agree with you. She's critically ill and in need of ER care and her prognosis is grave without that type of care. Please give me an update on her.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
You were right on target. It was a spinal cord problem. We had to put her down. Thanks for your help.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

My condolences for your loss. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know. You may receive an inappropriate follow up sent by the site ostensibly sent by me. It wasn't and I apologize in advance should you receive it.