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He does not turn his head to the left. Preston is about

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He does not turn his head to the left.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Preston is about seven
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Preston?
Customer: It just happened this morning. He gave a little Yelp
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 1 year ago.

Preston likely has neck pain that is lateralized to the left side. This can be due to a few different problems. Typically, it is due to a ruptured intervertebral disk in the neck that is causing compression to the spinal cord on one side. This is more common in certain breeds (beagles, dachshunds, pekingese, corgi). The diagnosis is made based on physical exam and exclusion of other possibilities. You can also see neck pain with joint disease: tick born infections, osteoarthritis, bacterial infections, neoplasia. It is not classic for these other issues to affect only one side of the neck. I would also make sure that there is no evidence of an ear infection or any type of bruising/wound on the left side. Please ask any additional questions.