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My Maltese has been acting strange since yesterday he was shaking when touched today his tail is down mostly and he can't settle or seem to lay down he's not eaten his food as he normally does
Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago
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Hello and thank you for using this site to help you. I am sorry your question was not picked up sooner.

Can you tell me please, is he walking a bit more gingerly? Is there any arch to the back?

Will he jump on and off furniture?

Has there been any vomiting or diarrhea?

What color are his gums?

Have you looked at his anal glands under the tail?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
He's walking more gingerl
He jumped off the bed just once
No vomiting or diarreah
His gums are pink
His anal glands look ok
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
I don't want to pay for a call
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
He just wanted to get on couch but wouldn't try it
Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago

thank you for that information. I would be concerned about a disc issue in the spine known as intervertebral disc disease.

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Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago

This is when the soft tissue that cushions the disc suddenly turns hard and presses on the nerve. Dogs will often shake from the pain. They will not be playful, may limp, may have a slight arch to the back, they walk slower. If it is near the neck area they won't move their head very much. They may look at you only by moving their eyes, not their neck

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Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago

I would try a baby aspirin in a little teaspoon of canned dog food and see if that helps.

If you notice a difference then I would contact your Vet for a safer anti inflammatory med.

Use only aspirin , not tylenol or ibuprofen products as these are toxic to dogs.

Keep him well rested with going out for potty reasons only.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
could it just be from him jumping off the bed as he did that yesterday and when he got back on bed that's we noticed a diff in him
The aspirin how much should I give him as he's only 5lb
Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago

yes the jumping could have aggravated a problem that may have been starting

Here is a little more on this problem

http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Dog-Health-Center/Bone-Joint-Muscle-Disorders/Intervertebral-Disk-Disease/Symptoms.aspx

Here is dosing for aspirin

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/acetylsalicylic-acid-aspirin/page1.aspx

do not use aspirin for more than two days tops or stomach ulcers can occur

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Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago

Aspirin should not be used more than two days tops as stomach ulcers can occur. Please read all concerns carefully on the link above.

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Dog Veterinarian: Sally G., Dog Training Consultant replied 6 months ago
Hi Pat,

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

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