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Hello. My 12 year old beagle is non stop panting and appearing to be quivering all the time. She also will suddenly have contraction of the left front leg and then walk in circles, backwards towards the left. She used to be very good with the other dogs and now if they barely brush past her, she barks loudly and is semi aggressive. She will drink small amounts of water and eat a tiny bit but not like usual. We haven't seen her urinate but when she wakes up, she is wet so thinking incontinent. She does have small BM still.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?

No wound

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the beagle's name?

Xena

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Xena?

She is currently taking a muscle relaxer q8h but would appreciate a second opinion, realizing you can't see her

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Xena. She does appear to be urinary incontinent which can arise from a urinary tract infection, urethral incompetence (a weakening of the urethral musculature), or an increased volume of urine being formed which doesn't appear to be the case as she's not drinking excessively.

Panting and quivering are usually indications of pain as can be her "contraction of her left front leg" but I also have to consider a brain disorder in any dog that is circling and has exhibited a major change in behavior. I would begin with a diagnostic panel of blood and urine tests and if nothing untoward were found, treat a urethral incompetence with either an estrogen such as estriol or DES or the drug PPA. Non-stop panting has quite a few possible etiologies, however. It can represent both medical and behavioral problems. It's often seen with elevated ambient temperature, exercise, anxiety, or perceived pain. To confound the diagnosis further, it's also seen with fever, narcotic administration, glucocorticoid (a steroid such as prednisone, e.g.) therapy, Cushing's disease, hyperthyroidism, hypocalcemia, pheocromocytoma (an adrenal gland tumor), cardiac disease, tachyarrhythmias (fast irregular heart rates), brain disease and obesity and so that diagnostic panel must be accompanied with a thorough physical and neurologic exam paying particular attention to Xena's cervical (neck) spine in which inflammation in her spinal cord could cause her left leg behavior and walking as you've described.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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