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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My old chihuahua did not eat breakfast or dinner today- she

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my old chihuahua did not eat breakfast or dinner today- she had a small piece of chicken around lunch time. For the past couple of hours she has started wandering around the house, sits in her bed for a little bit, and then wanders again. what could be causing this
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Aimless wandering indicates encephalopathy - brain disorder - and the disorder involves her forebrain (cerebrum and thalamus). Both intracranial (within the skull) encephalopathies such as brain tumor and extracranial (outside the skull) encephalopathies such as a poorly functioning liver intoxicating the brain (hepatoencephalopathy) are considered at her age. PeeWee's vet needs to perform a thorough physical and neurologic exam on PeeWee including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests designed to spot an extracranial etiology that might be addressed in a conservative manner. MRI is needed to clarify intracranial etiologies but I would find such advanced imaging circumspect in such a geriatric PeeWee. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Aimless wandering indicates encephalopathy - brain disorder - and the disorder involves her forebrain (cerebrum and thalamus). Both intracranial (within the skull) encephalopathies such as brain tumor and extracranial (outside the skull) encephalopathies such as a poorly functioning liver intoxicating the brain (hepatoencephalopathy) are considered at her age. PeeWee's vet needs to perform a thorough physical and neurologic exam on PeeWee including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests designed to spot an extracranial etiology that might be addressed in a conservative manner. MRI is needed to clarify intracranial etiologies but I would find such advanced imaging circumspect in such a geriatric PeeWee. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.