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My Shih tzu is shaking. The shaking is mostly from her legs…

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My Shih tzu is...

My Shih tzu is shaking. The shaking is mostly from her legs and stomach area. She’s also not eating much and can not walk her normal distances in the neighborhood.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?

She doesn’t appear to have a wound on her foot. She did also just have a haircut last week.

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

Her names Chanel and she’s 6 years old.

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

She’s also breathing a little harder and she has this habit of licking our painted walls. I’m not sure why.

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Also, she’s been having issues climbing stairs and jumping onto the bed or couch. She’s never had this issue before, and now we typically pick her up because she’s not able to make it past 3 or 4 steps.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. My initial thought in such a dog is spinal pain. Degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") should be an important differential diagnosis in a miniature dog exhibiting those symptoms. 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 Chanel's back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Chanel'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), Chanel 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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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 28 days ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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