Mon, Apr 1, 2024

He suddenly started pacing today. No panting, circles, crying etc. Just won't relax and lay down when he finally does it's very brief and in unusual places. Is not visually in pain, no recent changes to his daily life. Still has his amazing appetite, drinking fine. Everything is okay except he just won't stop pacing. This is the first time he's ever done this and it's been over 12 hours non stop.

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Pacing in dogs can be a sign of discomfort or anxiety, even if there are no obvious changes in their environment or routine.

Pacing could be a response to a subtle internal issue that isn't immediately apparent, such as gastrointestinal discomfort, pain from a musculoskeletal issue, or even neurological conditions.

Given that he's still eating and drinking normally, it's less likely that there's a severe gastrointestinal emergency, but it's still a possibility. Dogs with bloat, for example, may still have an appetite early on.

Keep an eye out for other symptoms that could indicate an emergency, such as vomiting, diarrhea, a distended abdomen, severe lethargy, difficulty breathing, or collapse. If any of these occur, it would be necessary to seek immediate veterinary care.

In the meantime, monitor his behavior closely. If the pacing continues without improvement, or if he develops other symptoms, it would be wise to take him to the hospital.

In conclusion, keep an eye on Bones to see if there are any other symptoms. If he exhibits any of the symptoms mentioned above, take him to the vet or get back to me.

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