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My labradoodle has developed a hallowing in the back spine…

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My labradoodle has developed...

My labradoodle has developed a hallowing in the back spine with the muscles and bo e tissue on each side higher. It is like a crevice . What can this be?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the dog?

My labradoodle has an downward curve b her spinal column flabnked by the ones. And

Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does the dog seem to hurt?

She is bnot sowing Abby pain,but just by feeling her I noticed the back spine Irving downward

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. No obvious pain. What is the dog's name and age?

She is 9years old and has been recovering from thrombocytopenia for several months still on medications, it acting bormally

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name?

Meeka

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

She is now eating well, and has good energy --no behavioral problems

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Which medication(s) is he taking for his thrombocytoenia? My initial thought was that you're seeing the muscle wasting associated with chronic glucocorticoid (steroid) administration.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
She's as on prednisone gradually tapering off at the end of 3 months. She is still on Atopica 100 g and Mycophenolate 250 g twice a day.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

Thank you. I would attribute the muscle wasting to chronic prednisone administration. You may also be seeing a sagging/"pot belly" appearance due to the prednisone. As the abdominal muscles weaken, the abdominal contents sag away from the topline giving his appearance. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Is the muscle wasting irreversible and what long term effects will it cause? She still will be on the meds and slowly being weaned off in next two months.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

No, it's reversible and long term effects aren't likely as long as the prednisone can be completely weaned.

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