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Has imaging been done?
Has she had accidents in the house?
When are her meal times?
What part of the country do you live in?
What health issues does she have?
Where does she sleep?
When getting up in the morning, is she slow to rise?
Thanks for the additional information. Of course, your vet is in a much better position of being able to evaluate your dog but maybe I can give you some things to talk to him about. One is that arthritis tends to cause a dog to have problems first thing in the morning and can lead to limping. If the pain is bad, she might seem out of it and not want to eat especially if it hurts to lower her head. She might also have multiple areas in the spine that are experiencing issues at this point in time. So I would recommend imaging especially since she has had back issues before. I'd probably look for spine issues, hip problems and even neurological issues as well on the imaging.
The other thing that might be an issue is seizure activities. Seizures can be caused by a great deal of things and cause other neurological symptoms as well. Often after a seizure, we will see some repetitive behavior which could be a limp. It isn't something I've seen before but is a possibility. Seizures can be the result of low blood sugar and going from 6:40pm till morning is quite a long time. Perhaps try feeding a small meal right before bedtime and see if that doesn't help her disorientation and lack of appetite first thing in the morning. You might also try some pepcid in the morning. You can give your dog some pepcid at .25 -.5 mg per pound every 12-14 hours.. Give it about 15 minutes before her meal. Read about dosages and usage information here:
Lyme disease might also be an issue. It can cause intermittent limpling and cause other health issues as well . I'd definitely ask for imaging after the bloodwork comes back and lyme disease is ruled out. Adding a small meal certainly won't hurt and the pepcid might also help if there is excess bile or stomach upset. I'd investigate these possibilities and at least talk to the vet about them and if these have been ruled out.
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