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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 15 year old moltese cannot sleep she puts head down then

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my 15 year old moltese cannot sleep she puts head down for seconds then t
up and stares around the room . its been going on for hours
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. My answer must necessarily be unsatisfactory because her behavior isn't pathognomonic (specifically) indicative of any one disorder. Considering that she's been a heart patient so long, however, her not being able to maintain a prone position might well indicate respiratory compromise; in other words, putting her head down might give her the feeling of suffocating if her lungs are now compromised by congestive heart failure. If her respiratory rate is increased over 40 breaths per minute, you'll have supportive evidence of respiratory compromise and she should be attended to by her vet at your earliest convenience. Please let me know if that's the case. Otherwise, her inability to sleep and her staring might indicate any number of painful or disorienting problems at her age which also would need to be clarified by a complete physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests.

Please respond with additional information and further questions or concerns if you wish.

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