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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog keeps pacing continually does not want to lay down

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My dog keeps pacing continually does not want to lay down the only thing that seems to help or calm him down is brushing him
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. How old is your dog, please? Aimless pacing can indicate both pain and disorientation in dogs. Does your dog have a medical history that might clarify from where pain is originating? Is your dog elderly and might be demonstrating the signs of cognitive dysfunction (senility) or another encephalopathy (brain disorder)?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
A little over 10 yrs old has been restless in the past but not like this last week
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the additional information. Are there other indications of senility - inappropriate eliminative behavior, nighttime agitation, a change in mentation (mental status)?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No not that I can tell his nose is warm and dry
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. It's best, ***** ***** have his vet take a look at him and see why he might be painful. Noses don't count! They're not a good indicator of illness contrary to common thought. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin