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Hello I have a pekingese she an older dog but lately she has been walking in circles like she don't know where she going and her back leg give out on her and her noise is peeling and I'm just trying to see what could be the problem

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?

No wound

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name and age?

Princess she is 13

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Princess. Her aimless circling is pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of encephalopathy (brain disorder) involving her forebrain - cerebrum and thalamus. Both intracranial (within the skull) disorders such as brain tumor (important at her age) and extracranial (outside the skull) disorders such as a poorly functioning liver or kidneys intoxicating the brain need to be considered. Princess's vet will want to perform a complete physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests in an attempt to spot an extracranial disorder that might be addressed in a conservative manner. An MRI +/- cerebrospinal fluid tap and analysis are needed to spot intracranial disorders such as brain tumor - advanced imaging and diagnosticsI would be circumspect about performing at Princess's age. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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