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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 Min Pin has Back Leg Weekness, no wound, Petey 12 years,

Customer Question

My Min Pin has Back Leg Weekness
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: no wound
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Petey 12 years
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Petey?
Customer: He is my Service Dog
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Petey. Can you clarify what you're seeing for me, please? Is Petey lame, ataxic ("drunken sailor"), having difficulty rising from a prone position, worse after resting or, instead, after exercise? Is there evidence of back pain such as 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 his 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"?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
He refuses to keep walking and I have to carry him...He walks fine then suddenly drops his butt and won't budge anymore
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Thank you for the additional information. It's reasonable to assume that it hurts too much to keep walking. A myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") is more likely than painful hips in a 9 year old miniature. The pain of hip dysplasia (osteoarthritis of the hips) is something I see mainly in large breed dogs. Petey's vet will want to thoroughly examine Petey paying particular attention to Petey's spine. Petey's back should be carefully palpated (felt) for areas of hyperpathia - increased sensitivity - suggestive of a disk. Conservative therapy would involve a nonsteroidal antinflammatory drug such as carprofen or meloxicam, a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam, and a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol.

For now, please keep Petey as quiet as possible - no jumping up and down or navigating steps - lest he hurt himself further. Any paresis (weakness) or paralysis that arises would dictate a vet visit at your earliest convenience. Such dogs become candidates for surgical decompression of their spinal cord. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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

Dr. Michael Salkin