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Old 12-26-2002, 04:10 AM
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14 year old black labrador

Hi! I have a 14 year old black labrador who is a loving pet but has recently started having what I would call panic attacks. He tries to squeeze into tiny places and all night paces and pants in our faces. Anyone else have this experience?
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Old 12-29-2002, 08:18 PM
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Hmmm. Any idea what is causing the panic attacks?

There are lots of treatments, but the one I heard works best is called a Bach Flower Essence. You add it too the water and it is calming. This is also a good site for information.

http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.co...seanimals.html

Also a good book to read is called The Daisy Sutra. My dog is 12 and it helped me understand quite a bit.
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Old 12-29-2002, 08:33 PM
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Hi! Sorry about your dog. We have a Black Lab too...aren't they the most loving dog?!! My mom had a small dog that was quite old and started pacing all night until she was exhausted. She figured she must have had a stroke. She finally had to put her down...a difficult decision. You could see in the dogs eyes that there was something terribly wrong. Perhaps you should have the vet check the dog out. After all, 14 is 98 in people years!
Good luck with the dog. Sounds like he has a very loving family to care for him. Diane
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Old 12-29-2002, 08:42 PM
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Hi! I can't remember the medical name, but animals get alzheimers same as we do. Angel used to stand and stare at the oven door or the wall. She would get stuck between the bed and the wall and panic. She didn't seem to know us, wouldn't take directions from us and would growl at us. Had to put her down.
Old age, I guess. My vet had pamphlets explaining the disease.

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I have a "geriatric" dog, too, a 13-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback. A lot of different things could be going on with your Lab and only a thorough vet checkup can sort them out. Meanwhile the Bach Flower Rescue Remedy couldn't hurt -- but not without also seeing your vet.

Love and blessings to you and your sweet old pup ---

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Thanks so much for everyone's help. We will be taking Max to the vet to try to help him. He's now starting to lose control in the house--something he never did before. He doesn't even seem to know when it happens. Thanks everyone.
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Old 12-31-2002, 01:45 PM
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My poor old dog is acting funny too. The vet recommended valium for her. I haven't started on it yet, but I feel certain I will need to soon. She often sits in the middle of the room and just howls. This goes on at all hours and is very disturbing. I don't know if she is in pain or thinks she's hearing something or what. I have started her on pain pills, or an adult aspirin, but I hate to start the valium. If your dog has started to lose control of her urine, it is time to investigate if there is something more seriously wrong. When an old cat I had developed that problem, she had a tumor.
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I'm really sorry to hear about your black lab. I too have a dog that's pacing at night, panting, looking around corners furtively. She will be 16 years old this May, and has been pacing about a year. Had her into the vet, he said she's as healthy as a pup, but she has a haunted look in her eyes. The only time she seems at peace is when she sits under my feet. She is also starting to have accidents in the house. I don't know what to do. How can you put down a animal that has no physical problems except for weak kidneys and acting paranoid? We watch her closely, make sure she goes outside every 2-3 hours and try not to startle her. I guess she's ready for doggie nursing home, but can't bring myself to do it. Any suggestions for dealing with geriatric animals?
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Sorry to hear about your dog, too. You described exactly what our Max is doing. He, too, is healthy except for these attacks. We just have to keep loving them like we would our elderly parents and take good care of them. Take care.
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Old 01-02-2003, 06:31 AM
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Yes, my vet said dogs do get senile. Mine startles easily and often seems disoriented. Lately she has been getting me up a minimum of three times a night for a lift on to the bed, then she just jumps off. The other night, she had me up about 8 times.
She barks out the window at nothing. Hides a lot under furniture. She can only walk half way down the driveway. She seems to know her limits, but they are getting smaller and smaller. She is a dear old dog. Really my best friend.
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