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My 15 year old /Rat Terrier started wobbling when he walked

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My 15 year old Jack/Rat...
My 15 year old Jack/Rat Russell Terrier started wobbling when he walked just in the back legs. Now he is walking in circles.
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Wobbling (ataxia/"drunken sailor") and circling are symptoms of both vestibular (balance) disorders and encephalopathy (brain disorders). His vet would need to perform a thorough physical and neurologic exam in order to clarify which is present but, pragmatically speaking, at his age I would treat symptomatically with a drug that might stop his circling and supportively by providing supplemental fluids by needle (subcutaneously or intravenously) and feeding by syringe as well as an antiemetic to address presumptive nausea. I would hope for remission as he did the first time but if symptoms persisted for more than 3 days in spite of therapy, his prognosis would be very poor for meaningful recovery.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I did take him to our regular vet who has been monitoring him this weekend. He said basically the same thing that you said. If it goes away in three days he should be ok. If it doesn't it will be something that is not good. Thanks for your help!
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Thank you for the update. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know. I'll think good things for him.
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