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My chocolate lab (male) has been pacing and panting reason.

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My chocolate lab (male) has been pacing and panting for no reason. He has always paced but now he does it most of the night. He is overweight (like most labs) but now I'm concerned
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

There are a number of different reasons he might pace like this. Have you noticed any change in his appetite, or amount of thirst/urination?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
he seems to want to go outside more often. He acts like something is bothering him but I can't put my finger on it. He was limping the other day but that seems to have gone away. I have two other labs, they play fight a lot.
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Yes, I was definitely thinking about joint pain/discomfort as the possible underlying cause. It could also be due to a metabolic disease such as kidney disease, hypothyroidism, or even a urinary tract infection.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

I think it would be best to have him evaluated by your local vet. I would start with a physical exam and some blood testing for tick borne diseases and a senior profile. If this identifies any problems, we can treat these specifically. Otherwise, if it is all normal, I would start a trial of pain medication for him to see if he is able to settle and sleep well once we manage any pain he may have.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He has always been a nervous pacer but this is beyond his typical
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Certainly. If the above is not sufficient, we can also consider anxiety medication or even just a supplement of melatonin at night.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Some dogs develop Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome as the age, which is essentially senility. They often have disrupted sleeping, abnormal behaviors, confusion, etc.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Please let me know if you have further questions. I am happy to continue until I provide the service that you seek.