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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 little Chihuahua has a very stuff neck an is yelping when

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My little Chihuahua has a very stuff neck an is yelping when she moves. She is hurting an cries when I try to open her mouth like her jaw is hurting to. Is there anything I can give her or do till Monday to get her to her vet. She has had this before an the vet gave her cortisone shot, anti inflammatory meds, an antibiotics. After giving her a .81 aspirin she will feel better way later an acts fine but then it just happens again.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Dixie. Cervical (neck) intervertebral disk disease is most likely in such a patient. Her prior treatment addressed the inflammation of her spinal cord associated with a "slipped disk". Her prior therapy was more potent than what you can do for at home but aspirin dosed at 10 mg/lb with food twice daily should be continued if you're seeing a good response to it. Acetaminophen dosed at 7 mg/lb thrice daily is also safe as an analgesic but it isn't antiinflammatory. You must avoid both ibuprofen and naproxen - both of which are toxic to dogs.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your quick response. I have given her tylenol liquid children's 2ml. Its 165mg, per teaspoon she weighs 10 lbs. So I gave her less than half a teaspoon. Its helped a little. Thanks again. I will follow up Monday at vet office
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're quite welcome. 165 mg/5 ml = 33 mg/ml. You dosed her with 2 ml or 66 mg. 10 lbs x 7 mg/lb = 70 mg. Close enough. You done good!

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