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Old 11-08-2016, 06:50 AM
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Strange behavior, old age related?

Hello I have a 13 yr old shepsky, Buddy, and he is acting unusual. I'm thinking it is related to the aging process. He is going blind and deaf, which I assume would make him a bit spooky as he doesn't understand the changes. He LOVES to be outside all day especially since it is getting colder then at night he will come in but he is so restless, he just paces, eventually he settles down if I can convince to get on his bed. He has bad hips, genetically, so we knew eventually it would catch up with him. He doesn't seem painful though, its more just hard for him to get up and down, particularly on hard wood floors( possible from losing some muscle). His back legs will just go out from under him at any given time and he doesn't have great balance anymore He does get bursts of energy and runs in the backyard, wanting to play. When he does come in during the day he goes straight downstairs to the basement then a little while later barks his head off because he can't get back up so my husband or I have to carry him back up, all 70 pounds of him. We have a vet appointment today for a well check and I will definitely be asking her all these things but I wondered if anyone else had older dogs that acted like this. I feel awful for him, he just seems uncomfortable Not painfully so just uneasy and I'm not sure what to do for him besides giving him a cushy bed, love and a good diet. Other than what I have said, he doesn't look too much like an old man, his body condition is pretty good for his age and his coat looks wonderful too, he eats, drinks and does his business just fine. Sorry this is so long I just wanted to get as much info as I could to see if anyone had the same experience. Thank you!
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Yes.
Old age kinda sucks. Anti-inflamatories are wonderful. Pain happens, and dogs bull through it, meaning they'll keep on where a human will crawl into bed and cry.
Pain meds, extra heat (or dog sweater), cushions, he sounds like a spunky old guy--give him a scritch for me. Let us know what the vet says.
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let me know what the vet says definitely!
My old dog did things like this sometimes. She used to lose her balance and faceplant in the grass. once she fell off of our porch step and hit her nose on the cement.
She had to be put down a few months ago. I miss her alot.
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Well we went to the vet; most of it is related to the aging process. The biggest shock was that he was 72 pounds last year at which they wanted him to take off about 4 pounds to keep stress off his already bad hips. So okay I expected him to be a little lighter, he looks a little lighter too but he was 57 pounds!! He doesn't look at all like he lost that much. So naturally the vet was concerned because of unintentional weight loss and the fact that he hunches up sometimes when he walks, I though that was odd too but he doesn't do it often. She thinks it could be a mass in his abdomen So he is scheduled for X-rays for Monday if its hopefully ruled out then pain meds should help him out. Whatever the outcome I just want him to be comfortable.
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Thanks for the update. Hope all goes well. Enjoy your senior dog--they have wisdom in their eyes.
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I hope he'll be okay! My dog just turned 13 and he's starting to stare into space, tail down. It's really freaky. It's like he's just zoning out. He gets a little disoriented sometimes, his leg shakes if we walk for too long...He's my first dog so seeing him age is really hard. Sending you lots of positive vibes!!
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Yay! X-rays were clear of any masses so we are super happy about that. He does have spondylosis, so she said thats whats causing the hunched back and loss of balance, so I am getting him on anti inflammatory to help relive that issue. He's just my old man and all other areas he's doing great, he definitely wants to go for walks (short ones) and gets spunky once in a while and all that matters is he is happy and comfy
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Yay! X-rays were clear of any masses so we are super happy about that. He does have spondylosis, so she said thats whats causing the hunched back and loss of balance, so I am getting him on anti inflammatory to help relive that issue. He's just my old man and all other areas he's doing great, he definitely wants to go for walks (short ones) and gets spunky once in a while and all that matters is he is happy and comfy
Yep, getting old sucks, but it's a fact of life unfortunately. At least you have good news I have spondy as well and it's going to get worse as time goes on. Joint supplements are good, keep him moving as much as he's willing, but let him enjoy his senior years too.
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