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    Default Dog won't relax! Please help!

    Hi,

    For the past week my 12 year old, male German Shepherd hasn't been able to relax properly. He has been panting/breathing heavily (hot or cold weather), won't sit/lay down for longer than a few seconds until he gets straight back up and wonders around again. When he eventually does, he sleeps in different spots to where he usually does, wants to stay more closer to people. eg Now I leave my room open so he can come inside and sleep next to my bed and I today when I took a shower he was laying down outside the door when I got out.

    At night he will come into my room and cry to me, I'm assuming, asking for attention which he then just wants to play with one of his toys. When I do play with him, he gets bored real quick and doesn't engage with me after a while. Then when I return to my room he repeats the same thing, it's as if he's just trying to get me out of my room. It's sort of like the behaviour when there's a thunderstorm.

    Late at night or in the early hours of the morning, I can hear him wondering around the house. He never used to do this, he would usually sleep all through the night.

    I've taken him to the vet and they claim he is "just getting old and developing brain dysfunctionalities - similar to Alzheimer's Disease in humans." The vet also claimed that he is in very good shape for his age, except for minor Arthritis in his hind legs.

    I take him for short walks, as advised by the vet as to not aggrevate the Arthritis, ~15mins 3 or 4 times per week and he seems fine/acts normal but doesn't stop the puffing/panting afterwards.

    I'm a little skeptical on the old age/Alzheimer's theory of the vet because he hasn't forgotten words or commands and knows all the usual spots like his food and water bowls. He just seems confused or worried.

    I was wondering if anybody has had experience with this issue and if anybody could provide any tips or advice?

    Thank you all for taking the time to read this.

    His name is Bobby:
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    I personally would go and get a second opinion from another vet!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    I personally would go and get a second opinion from another vet!
    I was thinking that too. Will most likely try another one tomorrow.

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    This must be very distressing for you.
    It sounds as if something is bothering him and he is asking you for help.
    I agree with Jadie-Lee...take him to another vet.

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    Anxiousness and restlessness is very common with early onset dementia. It doesn't necessarily accompany memory loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    This must be very distressing for you.
    It sounds as if something is bothering him and he is asking you for help.
    I agree with Jadie-Lee...take him to another vet.
    Very distressing. Hope another vet will be able to determine what his problem is. Thing is I googled canine dementia and Alzheimer's and he doesn't seem to be having the symptoms of either of those. He just seems........distressed?

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    What Natty said.

    By all means, get him assessed by another ve, it cant hurt at all.

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    But the panting could also mean he is in cardiac failure......i am sorry to be so negative, but restlessness and panting in dogs (especially elderly dogs) is often cardiac. Sometimes a simple fluid tablet like Frusemide can help to remove the extra fluid and will help.
    Please go and see another vet for a second opinion. Sometimes pain can also make a dog restless...this could come form anywhere.
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    sounds like he cannot get comfortable. If your dog is that arthritic he may need more medication or somewhere to lie properly.

    That mat on the floor is nowhere good enough for a dog limited to 15 minute walks. He needs something raised a little, very well padded and able to support his entire body and he needs access to it 24/7. If he's not already getting high strength liquid fish oil (the human one) get him some asap and a capful a day with his food. If another vet opinion doesnt work take him to a canine chiropractory ASAP.

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    I don't think that's caused by arthritis but it definitely sounds like he is uncomfortable. The panting also doesn't seem to fit the dementia diagnosis.

    I second taking him to another vet.

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