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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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My Maltese seems to be in some kind of pain. At times she just

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My Maltese seems to be in some kind of pain. At times she just cries then I have noticed she stands still kinda oddly like in a stance
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking with Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Vocalizing and reluctance to move are likely to be pain responses. This is localized by noticing other behavior. For example, reluctance to jump up or down navigate steps, vocalizing when lifted or even just approached, shaking/trembling, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy" often suggests spinal pain in a 10 year old Maltese. The spinal pain usually arises secondary to degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"). Molly's vet can perform a thorough physical exam paying particular attention to Molly's spine to see if areas of hyperpathia (increased sensitivity) exist.
Less common, but important are encephalopathies (brain disorders) which can be represented by vocalization (often whining), and "trance-like behavior". These are more of a challenge to identify and clarify often requiring MRI. Molly's vet would appreciate your videoing one of Molly's events because in these cases a picture truly is worth a thousand words.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Hi Molly,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin