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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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We noticed yesterday our male doxie would not put pressure

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We noticed yesterday our male doxie would not put pressure on his left side hind leg.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: We did not see and wound we checked his nails we cant not figure out why he is not putting pressure on it since then he has just laid around we haven't let him on the furniture with out us to make sure he didn't jump off.
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Lucky he is almost 7
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Lucky?
Customer: NO he is eating and drink but we have been taking his food and water to him to try and rest his leg incase he pulled something
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Just as in us, Lucky may have suffered a mild soft tissue injury such as a bruise, sprain or strain, but also may have torn his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee which can occur simply by stubbing his toe, or because he's a doxi is experiencing sciatica secondary to degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"). There are so many possibilities that unless simple rest, exercise restriction and aspirin dosed at 10 mg/lb with food twice daily normalizes Lucky within a week, his vet will want to carefully palpate (feel) not only Lucky's left hind leg but also his spine for areas of hyperpathia (increased sensitivity) associated with a disk.

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?
Dr. Michael Salkin