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My dog's behavior has changed over the last week or so. When

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Hello. My dog's behavior has changed over the last week or so. When we come home from a walk he quickly runs to his crate or a dark room to hide. Today he was shaking/shivering when we returned home. He has lost his appetite. He is three years old.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 months ago.

What kind of dog is this?

Is he acting painful- arched back, reluctance to jump up, reluctance to do stairs, yelping?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Hi Dr.Gary. He's a three year old, spayed Australian Labradoodle. He has been anxious in the past (snapping at imaginary flies). But in the last week hiding, loss of appetite, retreating to his cage. We are moving house tomorrow. Boxes everywhere. Not sure if that's related.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 months ago.

That does sound like he is stressed, and with good reason. Many dogs will be anxious when their routine and surroundings are changing. This can manifest itself as nausea, diarrhea, decreased appetite and lethargy.

If there is vomiting/ diarrhea, then I would consider getting some bloodwork just to make sure he's not an Addisonian. Addison's is very common in standard poodle breeds and they don't tolerate stress well. As long as the signs are not worsening, then I would just get him to his new house and work on getting his appetite back.

Dogs like routine, so getting set in a routine will help.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 months ago.

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

Dr. Gary