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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Panting, restless, pacing, won't settle down...usually she

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panting, restless, pacing, won't settle down...usually she sleeps well at night.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bama and age 8
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bama?
Customer: chronically elevated ast or alt for years but vet says not really an issue at this time. shes done this 3 or 4 times over past 2 years. i take her to emerg vet and after $1000+ of tests theynfind nothing wrong. just say watch out for Cushings as she gets older. shes overweight. last bout of this was about 6 months ago. thought it was pain so put some narcotic gelnon her ear as per vet instructions. nothing. gave her a hydroxazine to try to calm her down. nothing helps.
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Bama, please?

Please note that although nothing was diagnosed 6 months ago, her behavior may not be due to what was going on 6 months ago this time around. Please let me know if her restlessness in the past has always occurred at night.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
It usually happens at night. In fact it always has. I have her at her vet right now and they are to check her out and see what they can find.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Thank you. If nothing can be found, consider sundowner's syndrome - a form of cognitive dysfunction in dogs and humans. It's conjectured that the dark and quiet of night magnifies the sensory loss in these patients which results in their anxiety and subsequent aimless wandering. Other indications of cognitive dysfunction include disorientation, changes in social and interactive behavior - becoming "needier" or, conversely, more aloof - changes in locomotor and sleep cycle behaviors, and loss of housetraining. Please keep me posted.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Thank you very much for your input. I will bring this up with Bama's vet.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

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