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My dog is leaning against furniture and walks in circles. He…

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Hello. My dog is...

Hello. My dog is leaning against furniture and walks in circles. He is 10 years old. He did not want to go outside this morning.

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 wounds. Seems like he lost his sense of balance

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

Tito

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Tito?

Not anything for him to walk around like that

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Tito. Aimless circling is pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of both vestibular (balance) disorders and disorders of the forebrain - cerebrum and thalamus. Tito's vet will need to perform a thorough physical and neurologic exam in an attempt to clarify which of the disorders is present. This can be a challenge to do without advanced testing in the form of cerebrospinal fluid tap and analysis and MRI of the brain. For example, vestibular disorders can be idiopathic (unknown cause), peripheral (involving the inner/middle ear(s)), or central (involving the brainstem or cerebellum). Disorders of the forebrain may be intracranial (arise from disorders inside the skull such as brain tumor at Tito's age) or extracranial (arise from disorders outside the skull such as a poorly functioning liver or kidneys that are intoxicating his brain. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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