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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 dog id having problems lifting head, jumping up and is

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my dog id having problems lifting head, jumping up and is lethargic is*
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: I have a 45 lb labradoodle - always very energetic - but in the last 4-5 days has been different - not as mobile - cant jump as she used to and does not look up much\
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

The symptoms you've mentioned - difficulty jumping up or down and a change in posture - holding the head lower to the ground - are two pieces of evidence supporting a cervical (neck) myelopathy (spinal cord disorder). Additional evidence includes vocalizing when approached or lifted, difficulty navigating steps, shaking/trembling (pain responses), a "hunch" in the back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy".

Degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") is the most common of the cervical myelopathies. Her vet will need to carefully palpate your dog's neck including flexion and extension tests on it in an attempt to elicit a pain response typical of a disk. X-rays may be recommended although many of us will make the call for a disk solely from our physical exam. Conservative therapy involves exercise restriction, 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. Most simple disks will remiss within three weeks. Should paresis (weakness) or paralysis arise at any time, your dog will need the attention of a vet once again and promptly.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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