Dog acting very nervous...

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  1. hollyhay

    hollyhay PetForums Newbie

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    Out of nowhere my dog is acting very nervous and as he walks around our house he'll sit down every couple steps, almost like he's in pain. There's no visible wounds that I can see and there's nothing that has changed recently that should be stressing him out, so I'm really not sure what could be causing this.
     
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    Is he still eating and drinking? Will he respond to you? Wanting to play or go for a walk when engaged?
     
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    hollyhay PetForums Newbie

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    He did eat something morning but I haven't seen him drink anything. He acts like he wants to play when I tried to engage him, but he just ends up sitting down and looking at my like he wants to play but is uncomfortable for some reason
     
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    He may very well be in pain for one reason or another.
    Nobody will be able to say anything with any certainty over the internet.

    If he were mine, I'd keep a close eye on him tonight (especially in regards to drinking; encourage him if you can just to make sure) and if he's not back to normal in a day or two, I'd be booking a vet check.

    If he refuses normal things, loses colour in his gums or anything else concerning happens, an earlier vet appointment would be a good idea.
     
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    hollyhay PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you! I'll be keeping a close eye on him.
     
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    Agree with everyone that this could be a sign of pain. My dogs have done this when they've had a tummy ache.
    If no improvement I'd take him to the vet for a check up.
     
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    Changes in behaviour can be an indicator that a dog is in discomfort, pain or unwell, sometimes a change in behaviour is all that you see. The fact that he is sitting down every couple of steps would also make be suspicious that there is some kind of pain or discomfort too. Different dogs react to pain or discomfort differently, I have had stoic ones with a high pain threshold that will carry on regardless unless it gets really bad and they are in real bad trouble, and ones that will scream the place down and react to the slightest pain. It may not be a limb as such it could even be back or neck pain. Quite often pain and where it is doesn't become apparent unless the dog has a proper orthopaedic exam either. If there is no improvement I would get him checked out properly by a vet to rule in or out a medical cause first off.
     
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    I agree, does sound like it might be due to being in pain. My westie has recently been quite ill with polyarthritis. Some of the early signs were subtle differences in the way she was moving and also wanting to play but then just sitting down like she couldn't find the energy to carry on. I knew something was wrong but at the time had no idea what it was. If it persists, it's definitely worth a vet check.

    Good luck :)
     
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