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My 16 yr old rat terrier wont stop walking around, sometimes

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my 16 yr old rat terrier wont stop walking around, sometimes in circles?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
His appetite etc is really good btw
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your terrier. Aimless wandering and circling indicate encephalopathy (brain disorder) involving the forebrain - cerebrum and thalamus. His vet will need to clarify if the brain disorder is intracranial (within the skull) such as brain tumor in a 16 year old or extracranial (caused by a problem outside the skull such as a poorly functioning liver which is intoxicating his brain). Because he's eating very well, an extracranial etiology is unlikely. In most cases, a senior/geriatric diagnostic panel of blood and urine tests is performed and if nothing untoward is seen in such testing, an intracranial etiology is assumed and at that point MRI is necessary to clarify the etiology - advanced, costly, and stressful imaging not practical at his age.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin