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Daughter's Black Mouth Cur/Catahoula began panting over the

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Customer: My name is***** Black Mouth Cur/Catahoula began panting over the last few hours for no reason at all. He acts as though he can not get comfortable and has not had a bowel movement today.
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Customer: She moved him to Lubbock on December 26th. He has a bit of a runny nose as well.
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 11 months ago.

Hi Rebecca, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with dogs and cats. I'm sorry to hear that your daughter's pup has been acting oddly - I'll do my best to help.

When I hear of pets who are unable to settle like you're describing, there are two different causes I'm looking for: either physical discomfort of some kind (including pain anywhere, itching, or nausea) or anxiety. As you can imagine, physical discomfort is pretty much impossible for me to assess without seeing her myself, but most times owners have an idea of what might be bothering their dog by watching their behavior. Some dogs with sore backs will guard their spine (tighten their belly muscles when you try to bend their back), some dogs with joint or limb pain will limp, dogs with severe itching are easy to spot because you're seeing lots of scratching. Nausea or GI discomfort is often followed by vomiting or diarrhea - they can get all crampy just like we can when they are having a GI upset. I've seen dogs with things like abscessed anal glands, severe allergies, fleas, GI upsets (diarrhea or vomiting), back or limb pain, and even ear infections be up all night pacing and trying to settle. The possibilities, unfortunately, are many. If we've done a full physical and potentially some lab work if we thought it indicated and we cannot see any sign of physical problems, that's when we will consider anxiety.

Please let me know how he's doing now - we can keep chatting here until I've covered all of your concerns.

~Dr. Sara

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