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My dog is 4years old and is a French/English bulldog he was…

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My dog is 4years...

My dog is 4years old and is a French/English bulldog he was ok last night but now seems to be dragging his back legs

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?

Douglas 4 years old

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Douglas?

No he’s always been a healthy boy

Submitted: 5 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 5 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Douglas. Degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") should be an important differential diagnosis in such a breed of 4 years of age. Early supportive evidence of a disk may include vocalizing when approached or lifted, having trouble jumping up or down and navigating steps, ataxia (“drunken sailor”), trembling/shaking/panting (pain responses), a change in posture such as the neck held rigidly and head lower to the ground or a "hunch" in Douglas's back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Douglas's vet will want to carefully palpate (feel) about his spine looking for areas of hyperpathia (increased sensitivity) suggestive of a disk. Conservative care involves the use of 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. These drugs are usually administered for at least ten days. Most simple disks will remiss within a few weeks. It's important to keep these dogs as quiet as possible lest they hurt themselves further. However, because paresis (weakness) or paralysis has arise in his hind limbs, he needs the attention of his vet at your earliest convenience. Such dogs are surgical candidates for spinal cord decompression. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
He has a hard stomach as well constipation wouldn’t result in this right?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

Tensing of the abdominal musculature is consistent with spinal pain. Constipation is seen because it's painful to position to defecate and so dogs will avoid defecating. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 5 months ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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