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My 16 year old terrier dog is panting profusely. Pacing

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My 16 year old terrier dog is panting profusely. Pacing around with tail really tucked down, looking in pain with the occasional whimper. I took him to vets yesterday where he was on a drip for 20 hours as dehydrated. Blood tests were negative, vet could find nothing wrong. We collected dog 11:00 am today. He is still displaying same symptoms. I am very worried, any suggestions would be gratefully received. Thank you
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. Panting, pacing, and whimpering can indicate intractable pain but also encephalopathy (brain disorder) affecting the forebrain - cerebrum and thalamus. This isn't going too show up in blood tests or a regular physical examination. Instead, a careful neurologic examination may reveal a change in mentation (mental status) and behaviors typical of such a disorder. A specialist neurologist is likely to recommend MRI which I would find inappropriate at his age. Instead, I'm more likely to see how a psychotherapeutic drug or anticonvulsive drug affected him. Unfortunately, brain tumor would top my differential diagnosis list for such behavior.

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Category: Dog
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Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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