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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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6 year old Golden suddenly lethargic, wobbly, fixed stare

Customer Question

6 year old Golden suddenly lethargic, wobbly, fixed stare when trying to excite him. He got up a couple times and appeared to lose his balance. Twitches occassionally and flinches sometimes when i put my hand near him
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Bowzer
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bowzer?
Customer: He recently was there with a bad cough. They diagnosed it as kennel cough and gave him a shot and some cough medicine. He hasn't coughed in a week or so. He has a few hot spots that he's been chewing on and Genta Spray appears to be working on those.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear this with Bowzer. He appears to be experiencing a change in mentation (mental status), ataxia ("drunken sailor"), and partial seziures (twitching) typical of a complex partial seizure (previously called petit mal and also called psychomotor seizure) or intoxication by prescription drug, chemical, or insecticide. May I have an update on Bowser, please?

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin