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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Our 12 year old corgi/border collie mix will not stop

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Our 12 year old corgi/border collie mix will not stop whining. We recently moved 10 months ago and this has happened ever since getting worse and worse. We've seen 5 differents vets, tried pain medication, anxiety medicine, everything, and nothing helps. He eats, exercises, but never stops whining. What do we do?
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. This certainly is a challenging dilemma. I would consider anticonvulsive medication such as phenobarbital, levetiracetam, or zonisamide. There's a good chance that his vocalization is related to encephalopathy (brain disorder) such as brain tumor and might be identified with MRI but, pragmatically speaking, an anticonvulsive would appear to be the most reasonable approach at this time. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
he has been on phenoarbital and zonisamide. Would all of his labs be perfect if he had a brain tumor? He has lost about 6 pounds from 18 months ago. I don't want to put him down because he is whining, I'm hoping there is another reason. We talked about an MRI but none of the sedation medicine works on him and we don't feel comfortable with anesthesia with his advanced age.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the additional information. Yes, testing the peripheral blood isn't expected to reflect a central nervous system lesion. His weight loss also suggests a chronic neoplastic process. While MRI is likely to be informative, I agree that it may be an academic exercise only because he has already demonstrated no response to those anticonvulsives. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your time,We will discuss with our vet and go from there. I'm not really sure there is a definitive answer.Thank you again, I appreciate your help.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're quite welcome. As someone who is particularly noise-sensitive, I understand your frustration. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.

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