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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 dog screams when he trys to move
Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The noise must be worrying. I'll connect you to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Alfie
Assistant: How old is Alfie?
Customer: 10
Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Alfie?
Customer: We think he has mild arthritis he has not moved of the sofa fie 7hrs
Submitted: 1 month ago.
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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 Alfie, please? Which breed is he?

While this necessarily be conjecture, degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") should be an important differential diagnosis in a small or miniature breed 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/panting (pain responses), a change in posture such as the neck held rigidly and head lower to the ground or a"hunch" in Alfie's back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Alfie's vet will want to carefully palpate (feel) about his 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), Alfie would 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.