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Old 09-02-2017, 11:18 AM
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sudden behavior change

mixed breed female, 2.5 years old, pit/lab probably
she is the most content, happy-go-lucky dog you could wish for. She doesn't bark at all, doesn't jump on people, doesn't run to the door like crazy when the bell rings - in short an ideal dog. But now, as of about four days ago, there is a marked difference in her behavior: she seems scared, panting, tail docked and she is always on the verge on wanting to just run out as if there's something inside the house that scares her. I have no idea what it could be. When outside, she is fine, her poop is normal, at the dog park she plays with other dogs with abandon but as soon as she gets home, she gets restless and weird and unable to settle down. She does eat once she calms down but these periods of unexplained fear seem to get longer. When my wife and I leave the house, we come back to find her relaxed and sleeping on the couch...then after we're home for a bit, she starts running to the door as if to say: I don't want to be in here a minute longer. During the night she's fine, fast asleep, no problem. And btw, her running to the door does not mean needing to go potty: we've tested that many times. She just wants out.

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Question has the vet seen her, since this began?

Any sudden behavior change is a doggone good reason to consult a vet, ASAP.

I have no idea why a physical / medical cause would manifest as being stressed indoors / fine outdoors, but a full blood-panel can't hurt, it's simple to do, & provides a lot of info for a relatively-small co$t.
Major organ enzymes, white-cell counts, electrolytes?... dunno.

IF THE VET FINDS NOTHING, then we can brainstorm causes for her "symptoms".

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good points and we indeed have a vet appt for Tuesday morning. That said, she is perfectly fine in my stepdaughter's house, even in my neighbor's house. It would have to be a very peculiar medical cause to be limited not just to indoors but to *our* specific house. Still, we will cover all the angles, of course. Thanks!
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KD seems calmer this morning. Vet prescribed Tradozone as needed but as I said, she's getting the full workup Tuesday
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