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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My yorkie is 14 years old and has kidney disease, got up yesterday

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My yorkie is 14 years old and has kidney disease, got up yesterday and is trying very hard to keep his balance. He keeps bumping in to walls and just steering at walls or corners. I think it's lime disease, is drinking water , when he can keep his balance, but won't eat. Is it time to put him downūüėě
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
Your Max is showing signs of encephalopathy - brain disorder. His ataxia ("drunken sailor") and staring (an indication of a change in mentation/mental status) indicate either an intracranial (within the skull) disorder such as brain tumor or an extracranial (outside the skull) disorder such as hepatic or renal failure which is intoxicating his brain.
Lyme disease can cause central nervous system symptoms but there are quite a few possible and more likely etiologies for his behavior. Whatever the cause, however, you're looking at a very serious disorder with a very guarded prognosis for meaningful recovery at his age even should you have Max "worked up" by his vet to see why he's behaving so. To answer you directly, yes, euthanasia would be reasonable at this time.
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 Max. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin

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