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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Cat limps off and on, right leg 5-6 months. Just started wal

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cat limps off and on, right leg for past 5-6 months. Just started walking tonight with back arched
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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A "hunch" in Sophie's back is pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of both spinal and abdominal pain. Because she's been limping on and off, however, spinal pain should be considered because spinal cord compression will cause both her postural change and lameness. The most common cause of compression is intervertebral disk disease - a "slipped disk". This is more common in dogs but does occur in cats and can often be identified in X-rays revealing collapsed intervertebral disk spaces. The space between vertebrae will shorten when the disk - the pad that cushions the adjoining vertebrae - ruptures and/or moves out of position.
Conservative therapy usually involves the use of a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as meloxicam or perhaps a corticosteroid such as prednisolone. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.