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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My 3 year old Italian mastiff is showing signs of weakness

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My 3 year old Italian mastiff is showing signs of weakness in his legs, stepping very carefully and his eyes are twitching. His body is shaky at times too.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Yes. No feet wounds. He was carrying on like Normal just a little bit ago.
JA: The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Dooley.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Dooley?
Customer: Tail
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. If Dooley is demonstrating nystagmus (eyes flicking back and forth) he's suffering from a vestibular (balance) disorder which can also cause head tilt and ataxia ("drunken sailor"). Most of these disorders are idiopathic (unknown cause) and remiss unaided within days to a couple of weeks. Peripheral vestibular disorders involve the inner and middle ears. Central peripheral disorders involve the cerebellum and brainstem. Dooley's vet ill need to perform a thorough physical and neurologic exam in an attempt to clarify which type of vestibular disorders exists in Dooley. Many generalist vets will refer such a patient to a specialist veterinary neurologist (please see here: www.acvim.org) who is better equipped to perform this type of exam. May I have an update on Dooley, please?Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your reply. We took him to the Emergency Vet last night and they accessed him and his symptoms are conducive with eating a stimulant of some sort. He responded very well to fluids and a muscle relaxer (first dose was enough to subside them) and is still being monitored by his regular vet and continuing to take in IV fluids.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for the good update. I'm pleased to hear that he was well-attended to. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know.

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