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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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9 yr old Great Dane female. shivering. she "squeaks" when

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9 yr old Great Dane female. shivering. she "squeaks" when she moves her head/neck certain ways but we can't identify exactly what movement causes it. she vomited last night, but it was clear. She doesn't want to lift her head or stand. She is laying down but has her hips up, not laying in a relaxed position.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: 1 1/2 years ago she had bloat/torsion and survived surgery with loss of spleen
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your GD. You appear to be describing a cervical myelopathy (spinal cord disorder in the neck) such as intervertebral disk disease (a "slipped disk"), cervical spondylomyelopathy ("wobbler syndrome"), or, less commonly, steroid responsive meningitis-arteritis. Her vet will want to perform a thorough physical and neurologic exam paying particular attention to your GD's neck. Conservative therapy involves a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam, a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol, and a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam. Keeping her as quiet as possible at this time can avoid her hurting herself further. Most dogs will remiss from a simple disk within 3 weeks. If paresis (weakness) or paralysis arises, she would need the attention of her vet at your earliest convenience. Those patients may be surgical candidates for spinal decompression. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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