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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Oh. My dog seems a bit depressed lately. He des under my bed

Customer Question

Oh. Hi. My dog seems a bit depressed lately. He hides under my bed often, where he usually sleeps, and doesn't greet me when I come home.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help your dog. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Ben. He's 3.5 years old.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Ben?
Customer: I don't know if it's anything significant, but I noticed three or four times when we did our morning walks, he would suddenly stop and sit on the ground, slightly moving his buttock, which looked like there was something uncomfortable down there, but when I asked him if he was alright he would keep going without problem.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Ben's behavior is nonspecific and can have a behavioral or medical etiology - anxiety due to changes around him or discomfort within him secondary to illness. His behavior while walking may be the clue that his back (spinal pain?) and rear end (anal gland pain?) need examining. His vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam on Ben and diagnostics predicated upon findings in that exam. Are there any other worrisome symptoms you've seen - inappetence, vocalizing when approached or lifted, reluctance to jump up or down or navigate steps, e.g?

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