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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Sunday evening... Dog sprang up from laying position quickly

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Sunday evening... Dog sprang up from laying position quickly .... Like he does when he hears a clap of thunder... but there was no storm. He started pacing. I checked him for bug bites, but didn't find anything. He had a hard time sleeping that night, and came into my room which she never does to sleep. Yesterday it was off & on with the same thing but he ate normal at both feedings. Now I've been up with him since around 2-2:30 am. He's panting ALOT, stumbles, walks into corners, paces in circles ALOT! Just went to feed him but he hasn't touched his food. He's a male boxer, 90-100 lbs., big... Not fat. He's approx. 9 or 10 yrs. old. Please help our Diesel.
Sincerely, ***** *****
Bradenton, FL
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. Stumbling, aimless walking - particularly into corners - and wide circling are symptoms pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of encephalopathy (brain disorder) involving the forebrain - the cerebrum and thalamus. Unfortunately, brain tumor is the primary differential diagnosis in a 10 year old Boxer but there are extracranial (outside the skull) etiologies for encephalopathy as well. Diesel's vet will want perform a thorough physical and neurologic exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests to see if an extracranial etiology such as a poorly functioning liver which is intoxicating Diesel's brain exists. If such an etiology can't be identified, an intracranial (within the skull) etiology is assumed and would require MRI to clarify.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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