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Our 13 year old miniature pincher has recently stopped sleeping with us. He is restless at night and sleeps in various places at night, including outside on the porch swing. He is also drinking a lot of water at night. He seems sensitive to our touch, however does not seem to be in any pain and can also see and hear as usual. We recently lost our 11 year old Chihauhau to brain cancer. They were together all their lives. We also have a 7 year old minature pincher, so we don't think loneliness is the issue.

He is also constantly licking things he is laying on like linens, bedspreads, his bed, etc. He is still quite bouncy, especially at dinnertime and when treats are offered. He can still take long walks and otherwise seems to be just fine.

Thank you for your help.
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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The most likely problems include: liver disease, kidney disease, cancer, and pancreatitis. All of these can also lead to anemia, thus the licking, due to the need for iron. As well, can also lead to the restlessness, increase in water consumption etc. He needs to go see your vet as soon as possible. He, at the bare minimum, requires a complete set of bloodwork and urinalysis. This will determine what the problem is, so the proper treatment plan can be initiated.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks.

 

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