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My dog is trembling and panting and her legs are wobbly. She…

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Hi my dog is...

Hi my dog is trembling and panting and her legs are wobbly

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

She is trembling and panting and her legs are wobbly

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

She doesnt she in pain at all but when she sits down she sita different

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

Stevie and she is 6

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Stevie?

She is behaving normal otherwise. She is full of energy and is eating and drinking

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Should i still be waiting?
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Stevie, please?

Regretfully, while trembling and panting often indicate pain or anxiety and wobbly legs often indicates systemic weakness or neurologic paresis/weakness, these signs aren't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
She is still the same. Trembling and panting. Very hyper. But shes eating and drinking. But her legs are wobbly and she has trouble jumping and climbing stairs
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Thank you. Which breed is Stevie, please?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
She is a mix. Part Chihuahua part Shizu she is 6 years old
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Thank you. Degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") should be an important differential diagnosis in such a miniature dog. 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 Stevie's back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Stevie's vet will want to carefully palpate (feel) about her 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.

Should paresis (weakness) or paralysis arise in any limb(s), Stevie would need the attention of her vet at your earliest convenience. Such dogs are then surgical candidates for spinal cord decompression. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok. But she doesnt appear to be in pain at all. I have another dog that is her size and she wants to play with him even more than normal. And since this has started she has also began humping my leg while i sit on the couch
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Perhaps the pain is intermittent. Trembling and panting most often indicates pain. Don't hesitate to have Stevie's vet examine her, please.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok thank you
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I wont be able to get her to the vet until monday. What can i do.for.her until then?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

As for over the counter analgesia, caretakers are constrained to aspirin dosed at 10 mg per pound of body weight with food at 12 hour intervals or acetaminophen which can be dosed at 7 mg per pound of body weight thrice daily but isn’t antiinflammatory as is aspirin. You can give aspirin and acetaminophen concurrently which should provide better analgesia than either drug alone. You must avoid the toxic ibuprofen and naproxen in dogs.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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