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I would agree that he needs a thorough exam ncluding xrays.

The symptoms, to a lay person such as me, might be consistent one by one with various conditions. But the issue of a spinal problem would need to be looked into.

An x-ray could show a herniated disk (one of my non-Maltese small dogs had a herniated disk at the mid-to-lower spine level due to a fall while trying to jump up on a chair) and shaking can be due to pain But the looking up at the ceiling might be another type of neurological problem. Or maybe just stretching the spine.

I would definitely pursue having x-ray imaging to see if there is a spinal/disk problem. Because if there is, the conservative treatment may be complete rest with anti-inflammatories/steroids and pain meds as needed. No stairs, no jumping around, etc., that could aggravate the problem

My Charlie, who screamed in pain with very little movement, had to be confined to a crate for 6 weeks except for leashed potty breaks, as I recall. It was difficult at first, but he recovered withouut the need for surgery. But he fell on his back again a couple years later and I about panicked! Fortunately he was okay! But he's not allowed near elevated furniture anymore. Fortunately we don't have stairs except 2 down to the yard.

Anyway, I would say definitely look into it more. I'm surprised your regular vet started treatments without an xray, but maybe she was concerned about the cost. I hope that is not a problem. If it is, maybe look into getting Care Credit if you don't already have it.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear the diagnosis. I was hoping, as I'm sure you were, that it was something more simple. I've heard or read about both those conditions but have had no personal experience with them. It sounds like her care is in good hands now. I hope for the best for you and little Bella. Whether to tell the breeder? Probably the specialists can tell you if these conditions are genetic, and if so, telling the breeder might be a good idea, for the sake of her other dogs and puppies.

I hope you'll keep us posted -- lots of sympathetic listeners here!
 

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I'm sorry to hear this. I think prednisone may make her sleepy. It might take a while for the Pepcid to help her digestion. But the condition she has deserves more expert advice than I have, so your vets or even an emergency vet would be the best source of advice. My only suggestion might be to take her temperature, if you can, to make sure nothing different is going on . {{{{{}}}}}
 

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I am glad the prednisone is helping!

I did a search on this site for "Chiari" and "syringomyelia" -- I found there was one person who posted once, another who posted about her dog Kodie who had something similar, but that was a long time ago. I hope you find other advice here -- or elsewhere!

It sounds like you are very dedicated in the care of your Bella! ❤
 

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I'm glad to hear she's doing well with the treatment! I hope it continues to be a success.

I'm not sure how to cure little glutton behavior. Maybe see if you can ignore it, distract her with play, or maybe make her work for a few pieces of kibble -- practice sits, downs, any tricks you know. :)
 
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