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My dog all of a sudden is scared of something in my home.

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My dog all of a sudden is scared of something in my home. Had her at the emergency vet because of the panting and shivering, but they found nothing wrong with her after many tests. They gave me a pain pill/anxiety pill, but it doesn't help. What can I do to settle her down.
JA: IÂ’m sorry to hear that. How old is All Of A Sudden?
Customer: Miss Tish is about 7
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about All Of A Sudden?
Customer: no
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 7 months ago.
Hi JaCustomer, My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today. In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient. Sorry about the auto responder. It doesn't always make since. What breed is Tish?What medication was prescribed?How long has it been going on?Is it more severe at night or is there no difference?Does she want to go out and not be inside?Is that why you believe it is something in the house?Has your girl started having accidents inside?Did they do a ct scan or mri or myelogram?Did they do x-rays?Does she have an extended belly?How is she if you exit the house with her?Is she jumping normally?Is she avoiding stairs at all?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 7 months ago.
I was hoping to get a response back but it doesn't seem like you have been able to respond. If they haven't done advanced imaging like a myelogram, ct scan or mri, then they can't rule out a disc issue. An intervertebral disc that has slipped or ruptured up into the spinal canal causes inflammation of the spinal cord, which in severe cases causes paralyses of the rear legs. In milder cases, a dog will have intermittent pain that may get milder with inactivity and may only hurt when they move certain ways. This does tend to make them move gingerly or avoid certain activities like jumping or climbing stairs. You can read about this here:http://www.petplace.com/dogs/intervertebral-disc-disease-thoracolumbar-area-in-dogs/page1.aspx http://www.petplace.com/dogs/intervertebral-disc-disease-cervical-area/page1.aspx Large dog breeds sometimes suffer from a condition called degenerative myelopathy which can also cause problems with the rear legs and paralyses. You can read about this here:http://www.petplace.com/dogs/degenerative-myelopathy/page1.aspx Excessive panting can also be the result of cushings. Cushing's is when the adreanal glands overproduce glucocorticoid. This can be caused by a tumor, steroids and is mostly seen in older animals. Symptoms include excessive drinking and urination, increased appetite, increased panting, lethargy, hair loss, weakness, and a pot belly. Dog's with cushings sometimes have darkened skin. Treatment and prognoses depends on the cause. In some dogs treatment is very effective. You can read about this here as well as more detailed information on cushings.http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?articleid=416 http://www.petplace.com/dogs/hyperadrenocorticism-cushing-s-syndrome-in-dogs/page1.aspx However, pain causes excessive panting and shivering and is probably the most likely cause. I'd follow up with your regular vet and get bloodwork done as well as special imaging. I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer positively so I am compensated for my time.

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