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About every 3 weeks my dauchaund has episodes of confusion,

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About every 3 weeks my dauchaund has episodes of confusion, lack of interest in playing, food,etc. He sleeps a lot, shakes. After about 24-36 hours he's back to himself. When he's outside he runs into areas of yard as if he's scared.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name?

George

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about George?

He's 8-9 years old. Has been checked by our vet, but the vet is stumped.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

I am sorry to hear you are concerned about George. Where any blood tests or X-rays done when your vet checked him for this odd behavior?

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Some of these symptoms (lack of interest in playing, not eating, shaking) can be signs of pain. Since we know this breed has a tendency to having back pain, I might see if starting him on pain medication when these symptoms happen again helps at all.

If it does not, then I would consider blood tests and X-rays. Changes in behavior are more often a physical than a behavior problem, so I would look for things like pancreatitis, hormone imbalance, etc. if it is not episodes of back pain.

Please let me know if this is helpful and what other questions I can answer.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

How is George doing? I did not hear back from you.

Please let me know if I can answer any other questions, and if my answer is helpful.

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