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Candy. and our poodle mix, Marty, is acting strange today.

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Hi Candy. My name is*****...
Hi Candy. My name is***** and our poodle mix, Marty, is acting strange today. He is hunching his back and struggling to walk on his hind legs. Here is a video off YouTube with a dog acting in the same manner.I can’t afford a small vet bill much less a large vet bill. Do we have any other options of treatment we can try in our home as opposed to paying a veterinarian?https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E3fLpMsgpnE
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

Thank you for the video. Give me a moment to take a look at it, please...

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

Degenerative/intervertebral 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 Marty's back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Marty'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.
Should paresis (weakness) or paralysis arise in any limb(s), Marty would need the attention of his vet at your earliest convenience. Such dogs are then surgical candidates for spinal cord decompression.

I understand your financial constraints, however. 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. When giving acetaminophen for longer than 5 consecutive days it's best to reduce the dose to 5 mg per pound of body weight twice daily. You must avoid the toxic ibuprofen and naproxen in dogs.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Thank you Dr. Is there any way to get those prescriptions without physically going in to a vets office and paying a premium?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

You're quite welcome. Regretfully, we're not allowed to prescribe through this venue. Your fallback is a combination of aspirin and acetaminophen as I described above. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
Hi,

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

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