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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I was just reading here and this descrbes my pom-a-poo just

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hi i was just reading here and this descrbes my pom-a-poo just started 5-10 minutes ago hunched over stiff esp back panting shivering comes and goes
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Lulu she just turned 10 very healthy active as a puppy was fine all night not storm related she's a pomeranian and toy poodle mix
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Lulu?
Customer: this has happened before resolves and even thought it was behavioral cause one time when i said get your ball she totally acted fine
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Lulu, please? It isn't clear to me if you're seeing evidence of back pain or, instead, a partial seizure. Degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") should be an important differential diagnosis in such a miniature dog. 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 Lulu's back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Lulu's vet will want to carefully palpate (feel) about Lulu'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), Lulu would need the attention of hervet at your earliest convenience. Such dogs are then surgical candidates for spinal cord decompression.

Partial seizures are more likely to "come and go" as you described. The muscle spasms of disk disease tend to persist but nerve "pinching" by a disk might come and go. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.