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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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We have a 10 year old Boxer who recently started pacing and

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We have a 10 year old Boxer who recently started pacing and circling incessantly when trying to lay down. His doesn't keep his tail up like he used to and shys away from petting. We had him at the vet in September and all blood work was great. He acts 10 when he is in the house but loses 5 years when he is outside playing with our 5 year old. :) I think it is a bit of dementia, what is your experience with Cholodin?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I believe that you're on the right track but Sam's aimless pacing and circling is more indicative of encephalopathy (brain disorder) such as brain tumor in his forebrain (cerebrum/thalamus) in a 10 year old Boxer than cognitive dysfunction (senility). This will be a challenge to confirm without consultation with a spcialist veterinary neurologist (please see here; www.acvim.org) who is likely to recommend MRI. To answer you directly, cholodin contains sources of choline and posphatidylcholine, two of the most common phospholipids There's no reason to believe that these phospholipids would be of value for Sam but they wouldn't be harmful if you wanted to see how they affected him. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.