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stomach is hard she is shaking but has gone to the toilet this

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stomach is hard she is shaking but has gone to the toilet this morning
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Shantal-Mod replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I suspect that many vets were unclear what was happening to Pumpkin. A "hard" stomach and shaking may be pain responses originating within the abdomen but also symptoms of back pain in our dogs - particularly if Pumpkin is a small or miniature breed of 4 years of age. In those dogs, degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") is a common cause of abdominal tensing and shaking. You might also see a change in posture (a "hunch" in her back or rigidly held neck), reluctance to jump up or down or navigate steps, vocalizing when approached or lifted, and a normally social dog becoming reclusing or a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy".

Please give me an update on Pumpkin and please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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