I'm sorry to hear of this with Charlie. He's ataxic ("drunken sailor") but there are quite a few possible causes of ataxia including overall generalized weakness such as from profound anemia, both encephalopathy (brain disorder) and myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) as well as vestibular (balance) disorders. The list of differential diagnoses is exhaustive and so Charlie's vet will want to perform a thorough physical and neurologic exam including diagnostics in the form of a senior/geriatric panel of blood and urine tests in an attempt to clarify why Charlie is behaving in that manner. Were there any other worrisome symptoms leading up to his ataxia?
Thank you. His reclusiveness indicates his feeling poorly. Once again, it's not a symptom pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder but considered along with his ataxia should prompt his being examined by his vet at your earliest convenience. Please continue our conversation if you wish.
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