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Past few weeks, our 12-year old miniature schnauzer can't

For the past few weeks, our 12-year old miniature schnauzer can't seem to settle herself in the evening. She used to just crash while we watched TV but now she just stands in the room and kind of zones out. OR she will lie down and immediately stand up again. She'll do this over and over for an hour or two usually until we go to bed. Any ideas?

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My 1 year old pup is a heavy chewer. He usually destroys new

My 1 year old pup is a heavy chewer. He usually destroys new toys and pulls out filling in days. Problem is he's now chewing water bottles, screwdriver handles, etc hard plastics and is swallowing bits of plastic, pieces of fabric and filler from the toys, and even the squeaker from a toy. I've seen most of it pass in his stool, that I know of, but I'm concerned with obstruction. I've removed all destructible toys and replaced them with ones he can't break apart and swallow. I've found bits of plastic that he must have vomited at some point. He occasionally seems in pain and can't get comfortable, but mostly high energy. He's fed high quality kibble with a bit of finely chopped boneless chicken.Can these fragments accumulate over time, should I have his abdomen x-rayed, can he have a nutritional deficiency that is causing him to swallow everything or anything he chews, is it a behavioral issue?

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I have a 17 year old sheltie mix who was a rescue dog and

I have a 17 year old sheltie mix who was a rescue dog and has been a wonderful companion since I got him 17 years ago. Now, he seems to be in a fog. He cannot hear. He is messing in the house all the time...both urine and bowels. I cannot feel that I can let him alone without watching him to be sure where he is at all times and where he tries to has his misdeeds. Although, I have a fenced in yard for him, he will go out and stay for as much as 15 mins. and then comes in the house and does his business. Can you tell me what to do, I am my wits end. He is eating and drinking, drinking a lot... Thank you!

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My dog is 12-1/2 yo. Male American Eskimo. He's recently

my dog is 12-1/2 yo. Male American Eskimo. He's recently taken a turn for the worst in age related issues. He had two bouts with "Distublar disease in past three months. Many urine accidents. Been much better and active for about a month. Now suddenly he's slightly off balance, and favoring his left rear leg. I researched and found info on panting and pacing and that's exactly how he acts. Except for the leg. Does not seem to be from any injury. Also, last night I noticed that the inside of his ears, and his mouth were bright red. Today they are fine! I noticed this once before in past two months maybe. I DO NOT want to spend a ton of money on tests and whatnot. I just want to know what might be going on with the ears/mouth, and how can I make him comfortable in his end of life stage. I do have ZANAX and will try next time he walks and pants for long time, to see if that calms him. Any suggestions? Or home remedies (for comfort)?? Thank you!JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?Customer: No....he can walk on it fine at times.....and seems to be more hip related (to me)JA: The Veterinarian will ask you more detailed questions to find out what is causing this. What is the dog's name?Customer: "Katana"JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Quot;Katana?Customer: Has never like to be touched in rear part of body....and won't ever let anyone pick him up. (Except however groomer does it!)JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.

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I have a 14 year old shepherd mix male that I've had since

I have a 14 year old shepherd mix male that I've had since he was a couple of months old, so this is a very hard email to write. We know his time is limited, but are in doubt if it's time right now. We were told that we will know if it's time when he stops wagging his tail and stops eating. Well he still loves meal time, wags his tail, gets excited for treats. On the negative side is that he gets easily disorientated and forgets to go out to potty and when he is outside seems like he is lost and forgets where the door is to come inside. He gags on almost every meal and vomits it up. He won't do stairs anymore so basically lives in one room. He has also gotten mean and at times scares me by snapping at me, his brothers (we have 2 other dogs and a cat) and tonight attacked one of the other dogs. He is not totally blind, but is definitely impaired visually. He falls and slips a lot and I have to lift his back end up to get him back on all 4's. He was about 85 lbs about a year ago, and in the past couple of months has lost quite a bit of weight and I can soo his hip bones. He won't get in or out of the car to go to the vet, etc and I can't lift him. He doesn't appear to be depressed. So my question is, how can I tell if it's time to let him go, if he still is wagging his tail and excited for meals/treats? He doesn't seem to be in pain, but I do have him on Rimadyl. I can't put him down for peeing in the house and snapping.... In your opinion - is it time? Thank you...

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My 2 year old black lab is normally extremely exuberant.

My 2 year old black lab is normally extremely exuberant. Yesterday he noticed me preparing multiple meals in packets for when I take him to a dog care center for several days. He then became lethargic and when it came time to put him in his crate for the night, he moved very reluctantly. This morning he had to be coaxed out of his crate with a treat, and was very slow to respond to any commands. We normally run 2-4 miles each morning, but this morning he would only walk. He ate normally on our return, but then lay down by the door and would not move. Since then he has moved to the living room rug and will not respond to commands to come. Could this be entirely emotional, or is he sick?

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My Border Collie is 13 years old. She is now mostly blind.

My Border Collie is 13 years old. She is now mostly blind. Recently she has lost a lot of weight, and started to have shakes, like she is scared. Now she has started to have body tremors, almost like a mini siezure and seems disoriented at times.Is she just getting old and ready to pass on, or is this something else I can help her with?

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My dog has like separation anxiety ,he starts panting

my dog has like separation anxiety ,he starts panting profusely like hes just ran a marathon his legs and chest will be all wet from drowl even if im only gone half hour hes a boxer.ant suggestions?

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Heavy panting at night - heart beats seem fast - moves around

heavy panting at night - heart beats seem fast - moves around - will pant heavy, then stop, and then start again all night long - is 13 yr old westie - rather quiet in activity level during day but absolutely none of the above symptoms - quiet sleep with some snoring in daytime

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