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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Our dog, Molly, is 14 years old and has started pacing

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Our dog, Molly, is 14 years old and has started pacing non-stop. She was just doing it at night but now it is continually.
She is on Gabapentin for "episodes" - has been on it for a few years. She is on Rimadyl, Anipryl, and Xanax. We only give her the Xanax at night. We have just started giving her melatonin in the evening. Anything to help her rest.
She continually walks and gets lost in the house, plus, if she goes outside she can't find her way back in. How do we know if we are just keeping her alive for us
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Molly. Her progressive aimless pacing and disorientation indicate encephalopathy (brain disorder) and the most common of the encephalopathies at her advanced age is brain tumor. I understand how difficult this is for both her and you at this time. You have a difficult decision to make and I believe that it would be appropriate to have the final kindness performed sooner than later. Dogs such as Molly can't improve. In fact, seizures may arise as a tumor continues to enlarge and/or her brain continues to deteriorate.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Thank you. I guess my husband and I have some decisions to make
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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

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