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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 10yr old Chi is having trouble with balance, walking,

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my 10yr old Chi is having trouble with balance, walking, limping and she hasn't gone to the bathroom in almost 18hrs. she still has an appetite and drinks water. a couple days ago, something happened while i was upstairs, i think she may have fallen off the coffee table trying to get a bone or my boxer may have stepped on her. after the incident she was fine for a few days. i did notice some purpura in the leg she wont stand on and A subconjunctival hemorrhage after the incident but before her behavior changed
JA: The veterinarian will know how to help may.
Customer: i also gave her 80mg of Tylenol based on her weight of approx 15lbs
JA: Have there been any changes in the dog's appearance or diet?
Customer: no
JA: Is there anything else you think the vet should know?
Customer: the day before yesterday she started walking and putting a little pressure on it. She was playing in the yard yesterday with the boxer and not sure if he scared her or what happened, but she started, almost screaming, for a minute or so and since that happened yesterday is when the balance issue, not walking (just stands) etc, as explained above. So, she was getting better and then after yesterday she started showing these symptoms.
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.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Ataxia ("drunken sailor") tells me that her injury also involves her central nervous system - either her brain or spinal cord. Rather than acetaminophen, an antiinflammatory glucocorticosteroid such as prednisolone or dexamethasone or nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam such be considered in such a patient. Her vet needs to be apprised of your dog's current behavior.

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