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I have a 12-121/2 yr old yorkie. I think she may have some

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I have a 12-121/2 yr old yorkie. I think she may have some ocd behavior, constantly licking floors, people etc. It's been happening for at least a year or so, but is getting worse. I have talked to the vet about, he has ruled out other issues like cushings, and also believes it psychological, but hasn't offered anything for it. I was wondering if there is a natural supplement of sorts that could help, or medication, or is there nothing really to do.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Nobuki replied 11 months ago.

Hello this is Dr. Nobuki. How are you?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Good
Expert:  Dr. Nobuki replied 11 months ago.

So was your bloodwork such as a CBC/Chemistry 10 normal? And has your doctor tried any behavior modification drugs yet?

Expert:  Dr. Nobuki replied 11 months ago.

No elevations in any liver or kidney values?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Bloodwork is normal, liver and kidney. He hasn't given us any medication for behaviors.
Expert:  Dr. Nobuki replied 11 months ago.

Is she hurting herself in anyway? Irritation around the face? Does she have any periodontal/teeth disease?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Not hurting herself. Her hearing isn't as good as it used to be, eyesight also, no irriations around the face and teeth ok.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Just lots of wandering around, lick the floor as she goes.
Expert:  Dr. Nobuki replied 11 months ago.

Well that is fantastic. I'm glad to hear that she is healthy and not hurting herself.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I'm also thinking she may be having some cognitive decline.
Expert:  Dr. Nobuki replied 11 months ago.

I had a case very similar to your baby where she would either lick or rub her face on the floor. She also was not hurting herself, but mom and dad wanted to try something. So, we tried some behavior modification medications since dementia can start to occur at her age.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I think I notice that. Sometimes she just stands and stares at stuff. What do you suggest.
Expert:  Dr. Nobuki replied 11 months ago.

The medication I tried and ended up helping her was Selegiline. She is of course on this for the rest of her life but her behaviour improved. I also started her on daily Fish Oil supplements and on the Hill's B/D Diet (it's a brain diet).

Expert:  Dr. Nobuki replied 11 months ago.

I would talk to your vet about trying these and then perhaps rechecking her bloodwork in 1 month to make sure the liver and kidney values are still normal while on the medication.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I do give her some salmon oil in her food, she has been on WD for a long time, as she had some pancreatitis 6 or 7 years ago.
Expert:  Dr. Nobuki replied 11 months ago.

Like I said, this worked for my patient but of course every pet is different so if it does not work, do not be disheartened. There are other medications and of course, animal behaviorists or internal medicine specialists who might have their own therapies.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ok thank you very much.
Expert:  Dr. Nobuki replied 11 months ago.

Yeah I would continue the salmon oil then and continue the W/D so she doesn't have a flare-up, but definitely discuss the option for Selegiline.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I will. Thanks again.
Expert:  Dr. Nobuki replied 11 months ago.

I hope this helps :) Have a wonderful evening and please rate me when you have a moment. Happy belated New Year!

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