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Old 01-30-2016, 11:31 PM
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I think Rain got it right, sounds to me like mini-strokes. Hopefully your Vet, and you do need to get him to a Vet, can come up with a reason for the behavior, and a treatment plan.
Thanks for the response. Yes, hopefully the reason can be found, and taken care of. She hasn't taken him in yet, but hopefully she'll be able to soon.
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Old 01-30-2016, 11:46 PM
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Definitely have him seen by a vet, as potential medical causes could be neurological (seizures or other) or pain, both of which you would want to address ASAP.

That said, my dog Bus has similar behavior in response to certain noises which scare him, and as he's gotten older, it has become a stronger fear reaction and a longer list of things which cause it to happen. Others I know who have noise phobic dogs have reported similar increase in severity as their dogs age as well. His biggest fear is the smoke detector/CO detector- and anything that causes them to go off- people showering, burning food, etc; but he also is afraid of fireworks, the vacuum attachment scraping the floor and other things that make loud banging/screeching sounds. Unfortunately, my parents (whose house we spend a lot of time at) have a parrot who loves to mimic those sounds, so even if we avoid doing it, he still sometimes gets inundated with scary sounds.
Thank you for your response. I understand this could be caused by several different things. Hopefully we'll find out what. In his case, we haven't noticed anything in particular environmentally that could be setting it off, though it could still be something we haven't taken notice of, if that were the cause. What you said about aging affecting how much something may bother them is something to keep in mind, though, too. Or maybe it could cause something to be a bother that wasn't before. I'm not assuming it is something environmental triggering it, just wondering at the possibility, and combining that with some of his other different behavior mentioned.
That is unfortunate, that the bird makes it harder to avoid those noises that scare your dog. Hopefully, while exposed to things that scare him, your dog finds enough comfort at least.
Hopefully we'll know soon what's causing the issue for my mom's dog and take care of it.
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Seizures In Older Dogs - What You Need To Know here is some great information. Since he is older I would get him to the vet as soon as possible for a check up and bloodwork.
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I had a Scottish Terrier growing up. Towards the end she wanted to be outside all the time. When she was taken to the vet and had an xray it showed her chest full of small tumors. She was taken in because she wasn't eating and that was her favorite thing, she was such a pig. But she wasn't coughing or anything that would suggest she was having a hard time breathing. She just wanted to be outside, I guess the cold air felt better than the heated home. I'm not sure. But having a chest xray done isn't a bad idea IMO. Though it sounds like there is more going on here.
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Seizures In Older Dogs - What You Need To Know here is some great information. Since he is older I would get him to the vet as soon as possible for a check up and bloodwork.
Thank you. I'll pass this along, though I've since been told that his problem seems to have ceased for a while now. She may still take him in for a check-up anyway in the near future.
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I had a Scottish Terrier growing up. Towards the end she wanted to be outside all the time. When she was taken to the vet and had an xray it showed her chest full of small tumors. She was taken in because she wasn't eating and that was her favorite thing, she was such a pig. But she wasn't coughing or anything that would suggest she was having a hard time breathing. She just wanted to be outside, I guess the cold air felt better than the heated home. I'm not sure. But having a chest xray done isn't a bad idea IMO. Though it sounds like there is more going on here.
Thank you for the information. Sorry to hear about your dog. It is unfortunate that some health conditions don't always indicate themselves in obvious or very detectable ways for so long. I hope that she did as well as possible for the remainder of her time.
In the case of my mother's dog, it seems that his problem has been gone for a while now. That's not to say there's nothing wrong, or that it won't return. But for now, I'm told all seems well. She may still get him in for a check up in the near future.
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Just as an update, I have come to say that I have been informed that the situation with my mother's dog seems to have improved. The issue mentioned seems to have ceased, and all seems well. I know this doesn't mean nothing could be wrong, or that problems won't resume, but it is at least something that nothing further or worse has occurred. She may still take him in for a check-up in the near future, at which time I would provide an update.
Thanks again for all of the replies and information.
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