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16 yr old small mutt is pacing all the time

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16 yr old small mutt is pacing all the time
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How long has this been going on?

2- Is she eating and drinking?

3- Any pre existing medical conditions?

4- Any other symptoms?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She has been pacing for about a month
she is drinking a lot of water - a very picky eater of soft food as she has few teeth
she licks her toy and her paws and her dads arm all the time
she cannot see well and is totally deaf no preexisting medical conditions other than that
she can be spry in spurts but is not solid on her feet. She is 16 and very sweet
we can accommodate her but we don't want her to be in pain.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

1- Is it fair to say she is drinking more than usual? If so, how long has this been going on?

2- Has she been seen by a vet since these symptoms started?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
she is drinking more water and no she has not been seen by vet because we are trying to get answers from you first. vets here are very expensive we have been told she has a strong heart and lately she strains to have a bm
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, in an older dog with a history of pacing this can be caused by many different medical conditions. The pacing could be a sign of stress, pain (arthritis or abdominal pain) or cognitive dysfunction. What is also important is that she is drinking more than usual. When a dog drinks more water than usual it is a sign an underlying medical problem. There are many possible causes. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: An active infection, hormonal disorders (diabetes, cushing's), kidney or liver disease and even cancer to name a few causes. However, older patients with cognitive dysfunction can also drink a lot of water, eat odd objects or even at odd times. So basically in her case prior to making a diagnosis of cognitive dysfunction we need to rule out the above medical conditions. To determine which of the above is the underlying cause your family veterinarian will need to do some blood work (chemistry profile, T4 & CBC) and urinalysis as initial screening test. Treatment will be determined by clinical and diagnostic findings. If cost is a concern I would look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.
Hi Candy,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Candy Trimble. How is everything going?

Dr. Peter