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Our beautiful labrador became an "attack dog" at around 11…

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HiOur beautiful labrador bitch became...
HiOur beautiful labrador bitch became an "attack dog" at around 11 weeks. For no reason she would suddenly mount a sustained savage biting attack on my wife or myself. At the same time this alarming behaviour would result in her tearing round he room and crashing into furniture. It has been suggested that this might be caused by a brain tumor. Can you help?
Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Cora. While a brain tumor is a consideration it's an unlikely finding in an 11 week old pup. Instead, an infectious encephalitis such as rabies (not present in the UK), canine distemper, or pseudorabies would be considered; rarely, protozoal, rickettsial, bacterial, or fungal encephalitides. Seizure disorders are also considered particularly when such motor and behavioral abnormalities were seen - "tearing around the room and crashing into furniture". Seizures come and go quickly while infections are expected to cause loss of life. A specialist veterinary neurologist would be enlisted to perform the advanced diagnostics needed in such a pup - cerebrospinal fluid tap and analysis including serologicl testing for infectious diseases and MRI of Cora's brain. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
Hi Nick,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Cora. How is everything going?
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