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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 dachshund came in from yard sneezing and than lost

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My dachshund came in from yard sneezing and than lost coordination in left hind leg. Tends to lose his balance and fall. He is sleeping alot
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Please clarify: Last year the symptoms only lasted a few hours but this time his left hind leg remains problematic, he is ataxic ("drunken sailor"), and sleeping a lot? What is the time line between his coming in from the yeard sneezing and his other symptoms; in other words, how long has he been in this state, please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It has been a week and a half . Today he seems to be better today
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. My initial thought in any ataxic and paretic (weak) in a limb 7 year old doxi is degenerative disk disease - a "slipped disk".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 (pain responses), a change in posture such as the neck held rigidly and head lower to the ground or a"hunch" in his back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Tigger's vet will want to carefully palpate (feel) about your dog's 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) as appears to be the case here, he'll need the attention of his vet at your earliest convenience. Such dogs are then surgical candidates for spinal cord decompression. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Tigger's sneezing would appear unrelated to his other symptoms. I would consider allergy or a foreign body (foxtail, e.g.) had found its way up into his nose.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The vet already said did not think that was case . There is no pain what so ever.
She prescribe after getting blood work back something for dizziness. But due to fact he seems to be improving slowly will wain on medicine
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Well I will continue to search for answer.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Consider fibrocartilaginous embolism - a type of non-painful myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) in which there's an interruption in the blood supply to the spinal cord. This can't be diagnosed without MRI. Dogs generally have a good prognosis for full recovery unless the spinal cord is severely damaged due to a local lack of blood supply. There's no treatment other than the tincture of time.

I agree. As long as Tigger continues to improve unaided, "watchful waiting" is appropriate. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I still do not have an answer other than watch or continue testing . I would feel more comfortable with more clearer answer what looking for
Although you could not help me thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Consider having a specialist veterinary neurologist (please see here: take a look at Tigger. Such a specialist is best equipped to perform the advanced testing necessary in such a patient. I'll opt out which will allow other experts who might have other ideas for you to enter our conversation.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I will have to see how and who to talk to . I not sure at moment as seems it is guessing game. Thank you although have no better anwer than before
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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