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My god (AmStaff/Boxer) has slowly developed a series of

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My god (AmStaff/Boxer) has slowly developed a series of symptoms, and I am unsure if there is an underlying cause. Symptoms include: sudden fearfulness/aggression, flaky nails, dry and flaky skin, hair loss under his "armpits" and back legs (near patella), and lastly a head tremor. The head tremor occur in on/off spurts about once a month. He is conscious during these episodes and is responsive to my interaction with him. Any insight that I could get would be greatly appreciated.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with your dog. The most important symptoms you mentioned are his peracute (sudden) fearfulness/aggression and episodic tremors (simple partial seizures need to be considered as well). His behavior change in association with a tremor or seizure syndrome suggests encephalopathy (brain disorder) such as a slowly growing meningioma in a breed such as he. His skin disorder would be unrelated and needs to be examined hands-on to see if an allergic dermatitis, pyoderma (bacterial skin infection), or perhaps seborrhea or autoimmune skin disease has arisen.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
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