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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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I have a 12 year old GSD/Boxer who is still very active. The

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I have a 12 year old GSD/Boxer who is still very active. The problem is when we walk/jog he now wears his back feet nails down to almost the quick. Are there boots I can use to prevent this?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Rupert. Yes, there are quite a few choices in dog boots. Please see here: His vet is concerned that Rupert is losing conscious proprioception (knowing where one's limbs are in space) which is resulting in Rupert's not lifiting his legs up high enough to avoid excoriating his hind feet. Degenerative myelopathy (a Lou-Gehrig type of neuropathy), degenerative disk disease, and neoplasia (cancer) in or around Rupert's spinal cord are important differential diagnoses. Unfortunately, we don't have effective therapies for chronic myelopathies but might prescribe a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam to see if antiinflammatory therapy is of any value.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you! He is on the meds you suggested and boots are ordered
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're quite welcome! Thank you for the good update. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.

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