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Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian.
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Experience:  BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
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How do I know if my dog is looking for a place to die?

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How do I know if my dog is looking for a place to die?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 9 years ago.
I will be pleased to talk about this with you, but first a couple of questions.

1. What breed is your dog and what age?

2. What symptoms is your dog showing that makes you ask this question ?

3. Has your dog any illness at present?

Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 9 years ago.
Sorry Jon, your information did not all come through .. I see it now
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Scott Nimmo BVMS's Post: Mia is a 4 year old Golden Retriever, she has just been diagnosed with a new form of lyme disease called Lymenephratis. She sleeps all day and has been up all night, whining and moving from place to place every few minutes.
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Can you help with my full question?
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 9 years ago.
Thanks for the question Jon.

Tricky one ....

Lymes disease in dogs usually presents as a lameness. There may be mild swelling of
joints but the majority of dogs do not show this symptom. Fever may occur and lymph node enlargement is possible. Some dogs have a poor appetite when they
are suffering from this infection and others are depressed.
In a small number of cases you may see kidney or neurological or heart problems.

However the disease is treatable, some of the signs you may be seeing could be due to pain from the lameness, given time she could recover but it would take a number of weeks.

Your dog however had problems before she contracted lyme disease, what you have to do here is to look at your dog's quality of life both now and in the future, only you can make the judgment call. I think I would wait until you see the results of the treatment of the lymes disease before you make any decision though.

If I can advise you further please get back in touch.

Scott Nimmo BVMS