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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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E a nine year old shiba and his hind quarter shakes quite a

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e a nine year old shiba and his hind quarter shakes quite a bit when he is sniffing it is not all the time but it is concerning me
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the hind?
Customer: no he is not in pain or anything else
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

You appear to be describing orthostatic tremor - a fine tremor of the postural muscles that occurs only while standing, squatting to urinate/defecate, or attempting to lie down and subsides when walking, running, or in recumbency. Differential diagnoses include osteoarthritis in the hind legs/hips/spine and myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as degenerative disk disease or degenerative myelopathy - a Lou Gehrig-type of spinal cord degeneration. Your Shiba Inu's vet will want to palpate (feel), hyperflex and hyperextend your Shiba Inu's joints in an attempt to spot hyperpathia (increased sensitivity) suggestive of osteoarthritis. Orthostatic tremor is a diagnosis made by excluding the other disorders I mentioned.

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