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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Bumping into walls loss of appetite Ct scan reveals nothing

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Bumping into walls loss of appetite Ct scan reveals nothing wrong with brain or cervical spine. Antinflammatory meds help. Loses sense of direction. Can zig zag when walking.
JA: OK. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: This just started one month ago. Recently had nystagmus but went away. Nothing prior
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Harley
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. There appears to be an encephalopathy (brain disorder) that wasn't "seen" by the CT scan. Response to glucocorticosteroid antiinflammatory action suggests granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis (GME) or perhaps steroid-responsive meningitis-arteritis. MRI and cerebrospinal fluid tap should be considered. While unlikely, an extracranial (outside the skull) encephalopathy caused by a poorly functioning liver or kidneys needs to be ruled out as I expect it was. Please respond with additional information and further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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

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