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He just keeps barking & barking all day & night, we have

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He just keeps barking & barking all day & night
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Aside from this barking, have you noticed other behavioral changes in the dog? Does he appear to be in pain?
Customer: we have checked him over and he seems fine, he is an old dog 13 years, he has lost his sight
JA: What's the dog's name?
Customer: Bruce
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 8 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 8 days ago.
Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.I'm sorry to hear this.When did this start?Any other symptoms such as lethargy, a change in appetite, panting or pacing?When did he last see a vet?
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
He’s not seen one for a few years, no, no changes. It been going on for months
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 8 days ago.
Thank you.So he didn't bark when younger, really just now he is an older boy?Has he been slowing down or stiffening up?
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
that’s it, he gets up us 3/4 times a night
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Yeah he don’t like going for walks and his back leg looks stiff sometimes
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 8 days ago.
Ok, I understand.I am just typing my full reply now which will take a few minutes.
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 8 days ago.
When an older dog starts to behave like this, there are a few considerations including:A source of pain which makes it hard to settle (joint disease such as arthritis would be top of the list)Canine dementia (other signs can include restlessness and staring into space)Stres or anxietyThe first step would be a vet check to examine him and check for any underlying medical issues.As he has been stiff, we would want to check for signs of arthritis (such as stiff joints or muscle wastage). If present, he may well benefit from anti inflammatories and pain relief. Starting medication for arthritis can make a huge difference to quality of life.It may also be useful to get a padded, orthopaedic bed to make sure he is as comfortable as possible at night.I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any further questions,Take care,Linda.
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 4 days ago.

I do hope this is all ok and please let me know if there is anything else.