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One of my dogs is acting strange. Won't relax is panting and

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One of my dogs is acting strange. Won't relax is panting and pawing. Has been doing it all night.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: He moves his head around like Stevie wonder
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Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 8 months ago.

Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 16 years of experience. I look forward to working with you.

I assume the pawing is at his head? The head movement is concerning. If this is continuous and you cannot distract him out of it then this signals a neurological (brain) problem. However, if he does this as if something is bothering him but can be distracted out of it, then it is probably not neurological. This could indicate something in his mouth is painful or annoying him such as a trapped object (treat, toy, stick, etc) or ulceration or burn, etc. Since this is not resolving, I recommend you have him examined by his veterinarian this morning. He needs a good look inside his mouth to see what may be going on, and to ensure this is not neurological.

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