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my old dog paces all night what do I do

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my old dog paces all night what do I do
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

Has there been a change in appetite?

Drinking more water than normal?

Weight loss?

Do the eyes look cloudy?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
No, eats everything in bowl, Eyes are sometimes cloudy.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
Before calling this old age or cognitive dysfunction, I would consider evalution.

What could be some common causes for this?

Possibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Diabetes

- Kidney problems

With this information - the first step to evaluate underlying causes would be basic bloodwork. We need to look into specific values including:

- Kidney
- Glucose
- Thyroid
- Liver
- etc.


If there really is no underlying cause, your signs are certainly suspicious for a process called cognitive dysfunction

This website may provide a little more insight on this terminology!

I hope this information is helpful!

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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.

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