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Yes we adoptd a 14 yr old dog from the shelter seems in good

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yes we adoptd a 14 yr old dog from the shelter seems in good health but paces a lot does sleep well at night
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 2 years ago.
Hello. Thanks for writing in. With geriatric dogs, pacing can be a common problem. There are a few reasons for it. It may be an anxiety related issue, especially if this is a new surrounding for him. I would also be concerned if he is developing canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD), which is similar to dementia in humans. With CCD, they may pace or wander around a lot without a purpose. They may also "star gaze", bark at nothing, have odd sleeping patterns, seem more disconnected from the family, have a decreased appetite or even urinate/defecate in the house. I would also be concerned about vision issues with his age. Lastly, it is possible there could be some type of neurological problem. Liver issues can cause a problem called hepatic encephalopathy, where you may see odd behavior like that. If you don't know of any recent blood work he has had, that would be an excellent idea to have your vet run to see if there are any potential medical issues. It may help to get him on some medication for anxiety and/or CCD as well. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns before rating. Hope this helps.