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My shitzu rat terrier mix is 10 years old and has started

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My shitzu rat terrier mix is 10 years old and has started having the shakes and messing in the which he has never done before
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the rat terrier's name?
Customer: Jack
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Jack?
Customer: He seems like he has lost some weight
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

1) Please describe these shakes. Are you seeing loss of consciousness? How often do they happen? Loss of control of the bowels during this time?

2) Are you seeing bowel evacuation in the house? Urine? Fecal? Both?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No loss of consciousness. He acts like he is cold. Not all the time. No urination just fecal matter. He seems like he can't control bowels
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Has he been evaluated by your vet for these concerns? How is his activity level otherwise?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No to my vet. He is fine otherwise
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

The shaking you're seeing is often linked to discomfort which may indicate age-related arthritis or a similar condition. It can also be a sign of mild seizure activity. I would have him evaluated to determine which and if any treatment is needed.

Along with this, it would be wise to have his stool evaluated microscopically by your vet as well to be sure that there is not an underlying intestinal parasite or protozoan that may be causing the accidents in the home. Sometimes in senior dogs who are uncomfortable, such as those with unmanaged arthritis, they will avoid going outside and void in the house.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Checking in, JACustomer. How is your companion doing?