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Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
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My 12 year old has started to behave weirdly. She has always

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My 12 year old ***** ***** has started to behave weirdly. She has always been obedient & happy. Now she will jump from one chair to another ( we have always restricted her acces to chairs & sofas ), if we tell her to “go to bed” now she scurries away and will keep scurrying and will not obey. We’ve taken her to the local vet & her bloods are clear, she might have a little bit of arthritis. She’s a ver fit dog; walked most days. She’s been well loved & taken care off. We cannot understand what’s happening. Would have any suggestions?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I should have said, her behavior is like that of a nervous illness. So unlike her lovely happy self. Now she’s unhappy and I would say when she behaves this way she’s distressed.

I am sorry to hear you are concerned about Buttons. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.

A change in behavior like this in a 12 year old dog could be from cognitive dysfunction ("Senility", "brain aging"), high blood pressure, a brain tumor, anxiety/stress.

I am glad to hear she had normal blood tests; that helps rule out many things. You might consider having her blood pressure checked.

Some older dogs with cognitive dysfunction improve on a prescription medication called Anipryl. There are some new diets, such as Purina Bright Mind that have helped some dogs. Anti oxidants might be helpful; there is an anti oxidant formula made for dogs called Cell Advance.

Is this at all times of the day, or worse at bedtime?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
She settles at night, it’s during the day and when she arrives in to the house having been in the garden for the afternoon

If I saw a dog with this complaint, I would do a full physical/ neurologic exam, check blood pressure, (and blood tests, but that has been done). If the blood pressure was high, I would see if lowering her blood pressure helped. If the pressure is normal, I would try the Bright Mind diet and/or Cell Advance.

Was her blood pressure checked?

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thank you so much. We’ll head back to the vets.

You are welcome. Please let me know how she is doing.

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Thanks for the great rating. Please do let me know how she is doing and if you have other questions.