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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 30398
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Our 10 yr old half shitzu/ chihuahua is acting strange, Her

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Hi our 10 yr old half shitzu/ chihuahua is acting strange
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the dog?
Customer: Her head is swaying and seems wobbly, not hard but slight wable
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Shes flinching too
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: Maggie
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Maggie. Her head sway (a type of tremor) and flinching (a change in mentation/mental status) indicate encephalopathy (brain disorder). If this behavior just arose, intoxication by a drug, chemical, or insecticide should be considered. Her behavior might also indicate post-ictal (post-seizure) symptoms. If this behavior has persisted over a few days or more, intracranial (within the skull) disorders such as brain tumor and extracranial (outside the skull) disorders such as a poorly functioning liver or kidneys which are intoxicating her brain need to be considered. Maggie's vet will want to thoroughly examine Maggie including a neurologic exam. If her vet is uncomfortable performing such an exam, referral to a specialist veterinary neurologist (please see here: will be recommended.

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 your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin