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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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Second opinion] Pumpkin is a little a bout 3 weeks ago she

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Second opinion] Pumpkin is a little ***** ***** a bout 3 weeks ago she had what appeared to be a stroke. I picked her up and took her right over to the vet, which is about 5 minutes away by the time we got there, all signs of a stroke were gone. They sent me home and told me to watch her and I have now 3 weeks later I picked her up to take her out to go to the bathroom and when I set her down. She wants to walk in a tight circle to the left don't know what to do. Please help
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I concur with Dr. Denney. Circling occurs with both vestibular (balance) disorders and encephalopathies (brain disorders) involving the cerebellum or brainstem. Vestbular disorders are characterized as peripheral (involving the inner/middle ear(s)), central (involving the cerebellum or brainstem), or idiopathic (unknown cause). With no previous history of ear problems, a peripheral vestibular disorder is unlikely. Referral to a specialist veterinary neurologist (please see here: should be considered as such a specialist is best equipped to perform the advanced testing and imaging (MRI) required to investigate a patient such as Pumpkin further.

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