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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 45 years of experience
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I have a 9yr old border collie and he started to lose

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I have a 9yr old border collie and he started to lose coordination and has a bright red right eye. appears to lose his way. what may cause this? and what can I do.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Buddy. Losing coordination (ataxia/"drunken sailor"?) and his way (disorientation) indicates encephalopathy (brain disorder). Both intracranial (within the skull) encephalopathies such as brain tumor in a 9 year old and extracranial (outside the skull) encephalopathies such as a poorly functioning liver that's intoxicating the brain need to be considered. The "bright red eye" has many different etiologies and must be examined directly by Buddy's vet in order to clarify what it represents. It may or may not be related to his other symptoms. Buddy isn't a patient who can be managed at home at this time. Please have him attended to by his vet at your earliest convenience.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Dr. Michael salkin my dog buddy passed away four days later.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

My condolences for your loss of Buddy. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know.

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