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Your question: "My ten year old Mini Schnauzer has been displaying a "new behavior" these past four days. He seems to look at the ground and look stare as if something is there, and then at times appears to be sniffing . He's usually lying down when he does this. What the heck can be causing this?
If the Vet working on this question cannot get to it within the next ten minutes...can you kindly pass it on to the next ver? Thanks!
CAN I GIVE THIS QUESTION TO ANOTHER VET PLEASE!! There are many VETS online...I need someone to answer this question or how can I just cancel it?
Hi, I am sorry that someone did not get to you sooner but I am going to try and help you now. My biggest concern with what you have described is that he may have some very mild symptoms of cognitive decline. We now know that dogs can actually experience cognitive decline as they age. One of the symptoms of that can be staring at things that are not really there. I would recommend that you try to take him in to your vet and get a CBC, chem panel, thyroid check and urinalysis done.If this all checks out ok and he has no other symptoms then I would consider a supplement called neutricks. It is a natural compound that actually helps the brain in older dogs function better. There is also a diet called science diet BD (brain diet) that can also help with doggy cognitive decline.But to arrive at this diagnosis, you need to get the bloodwork completed first.Again, I am very sorry someone did not answer you sooner. I just got off work and got to you as soon as I could. Please let me know if you have further questions or concerns. I want you to feel totally satisfied with my answers. Most Sincerely, Dr.J
Thank you for responding...it's not your fault that someone didn't get to me sooner, but I do appreciate your empathy.
As far as the "cognitive" decline goes. Wouldn't that be a "gradual thing?" Suddenly to show up within the past four days or so, I thought that odd. Can dogs have vitreous floaters? Perhaps he is seeing things float? Or could it be an infection? Maybe in the urine. I know as a medical expert in humans that cognitive confusion can come about in the elderly, almost mimicking "alzheimers/dementia" when they have a urinary tract infection. Would it or could it have the same affect on a dog?
But I will definitely have the bloodwork up drawn this weekend along with a completel urinalysis.
Okay..and I thank you for your help. Two final questions.
He is only ten years old...is that when mental decline starts? And does it progress rapidly if it is cognitive?