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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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Out of the blue he has suddenly started pacing and not able

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Out of the blue he has suddenly started pacing and not able to settle
He is a 6 year old shihtzu
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog?
Customer: Just this pacing up and down
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: He doesn't seem to be in pain
JA: OK. No obvious pain. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Eddie
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Eddie?
Customer: He's always been healthy
He did fall off the bed a few months ago and was pacing
The vet checked him and said he was fine
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

I"m sorry to hear of this with Eddie. Can his pacing be stopped by you or does he immediately return to it? Is he circling, hugging the walls, or becoming trapped in corners? Does he appear confused or disoriented? Will he respond to you when pacing? Is he hyperalert as if looking for something instead?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
It's like he's looking for something
On a mission
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Thank you. If he's truly showing intent I would attribute his pacing to unusual behavior (due to anxiety and/or pain) but if his pacing is aimless it indicates encephalopathy (brain disorder) involving his forebrain (cerebrum and thalamus). The former can be stopped by you; the later can't be stopped until my patient is exhausted or I heavily sedate or anesthetize him. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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