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17 yo dog just suddenly started running aimlessly. she

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17 yo dog just...

17 yo dog just suddenly started running aimlessly. she usually sleeps 20 hrs/day

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name and age?

Phoebe 17 It's the intense running around the house that's worrisome. Sudden onset with no obvious trigger. very unusual behavior not seen before.

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

Has been incontinent for about a year

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian replied 9 months ago
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Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help with this concern about Phoebe.

When an older dog starts behaving as you're seeing, there are usually only a limited number of reasons why:

1. She could have a brain mass which is causing her to act so oddly. Unfortunately, advanced imaging such as an MRI or CT scan would be needed to diagnose such a problem...something most owners aren't going to put their dogs through (understandably so). And, most masses aren't located in areas of the brain where it's either practical or feasible to remove them.

2. Certain prescription medication, otc drugs or even illicit/illegal ones (no judgement, mind you) can cause this behavior.. If that's the case, then a vet visit may be the best place for her so that they can monitor her blood pressure, heart rate, etc.

3. I've seen some dogs with hypertension behave is some unusual ways but never this particular one.

I would dearly love to suggest some otc medication for her but it wouldn't be wise until or unless we have a clearer idea of what's causing her behavior.

I hope this helps to provide possible explanations for why she's acting this way. Deb

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian replied 9 months ago

Hello again,

I'm just following up on Phoebe. How are things going with her? Deb

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian replied 9 months ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Took her to the emergency vet. She was highly agitated and howling - behavior not seen before. Doc speculated brain tumor or burst cerebral aneurysm. Would need an MRI to investigate - MRI requires general anesthesia... Doc heavily sedated her but no quality of life left. Obviously, the only choice was to put her down. Hard to deal with. Didn't expect her to live forever but unprepared for the suddenness. Sad.
Dog Specialist: Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian replied 9 months ago

I'm so sorry to hear about Phoebe:( I know how heartbroken you must be to lose her so suddenly but I hope you can at least take some comfort in knowing that she had a long life filled with love and affection.

My sincerest condolences to you and your family at this sad time. Deb

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