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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have akita who we adopted about 3 years ago.They said she

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I have akita who we adopted about 3 years ago.They said she was about 5 when we adopted her witch makes her about 8. In the last week she sways a lot when stands up . Also her one eye looks like it is drouping. We are waiting for her blood work to come back from the lab. please tell me what you think may be wrong with her. She is our kid and I am afaid of loosing her.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: Not that I know we been going to the vet since we have her
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your Akita. Swaying (ataxia) is associated with overall weakness, encephalopathy (brain disorder), myelopathy (spinal cord disorder), and vestibular (balance) disorders. Her droopy eye can be a good localizing sign. Is her upper lid drooping, lower lid drooping, or both?

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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