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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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I have a Queensland Healer that's 6 yr old and we have

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Hi, I have a Queensland Healer that's 6 yr old and we have noticed his hair is really coming falling out in large amounts and last night he is really sore in his rear end area. He wines loudly like when he goes up stairs or has to jump in truck.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your healer. There appears to be two unrelated disorders at this time. His difficulty navigating stairs and jumping into the truck are symptoms pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of hip dysplasia - poorly formed hips that have become osteoarthritic with age. I might find a cauda equina syndrome as well - abnormal narrowing of his spinal canal as it approaches his tail. X-rays of his hips and caudal spine are indicated. If found, these disorders are usually treated with a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam. Severely affected dogs might benefit from the addition of a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol.

His loss of hair may be atypical shedding or perhaps a telogen (hair in the resting phase of the growth cycle) or anagen (hair in the growing phase) of the growth cycle) defluxion - an abrupt loss of hair secondary to stresses in dogs such as chemotherapy, infection, metabolic disease, fever, pregnancy, shock, surgery, and anesthesia.

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