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Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- How long has this been going on?
2- Is she eating and drinking?
3- Any pre existing medical conditions?
4- Any other symptoms?
1- Is it fair to say she is drinking more than usual? If so, how long has this been going on?
2- Has she been seen by a vet since these symptoms started?
Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.
Friend, in an older dog with a history of pacing this can be caused by many different medical conditions. The pacing could be a sign of stress, pain (arthritis or abdominal pain) or cognitive dysfunction. What is also important is that she is drinking more than usual. When a dog drinks more water than usual it is a sign an underlying medical problem. There are many possible causes. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: An active infection, hormonal disorders (diabetes, cushing's), kidney or liver disease and even cancer to name a few causes. However, older patients with cognitive dysfunction can also drink a lot of water, eat odd objects or even at odd times. So basically in her case prior to making a diagnosis of cognitive dysfunction we need to rule out the above medical conditions. To determine which of the above is the underlying cause your family veterinarian will need to do some blood work (chemistry profile, T4 & CBC) and urinalysis as initial screening test. Treatment will be determined by clinical and diagnostic findings. If cost is a concern I would look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.
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