My sister's dog has been acting strangely. She is a pekingese, about 7 and a half years old. she is normally well behaved and happy. when my sister told my mom that repeated vet visits were becoming increasingly costly, with no solid diagnosis, i became more concerned. at first i thought i may be static electricity as i read this can lead to strange/unusual behavioral problems in animals. so, i asked my sister a few questions. here is the email and her response: hey nikki, it was great to see you this weekend. let me know when you get in, I heard you got in late last night. mom and I were wondering a few things. I overheard some discussion of some quite costly procedures to try to diagnose what is going with munchkin. I assume she sleeps in your room: is that on the bed or floor? have you noticed any increased amounts of static electricity; static shocks from walls and outlets and such? does munchkin still frequently sit on your lap while you use your notebook? have you noticed the odd behavior she exhibits to coincide with thunderstorm activity? if you are unsure, try to jot down the environmentla conditions present immediately following an behavioral episode. how anthony? tell him to hang in there as work will work its way around for him. talk to later, aaron and her reply: It was good to see you too. Hopefully one of these days you can make it this way and we could go fishing again. As far as Munchkin goes: shes appears restless, anxious, scared and uncomfortable. These symptoms come in bouts or waves and occur at different times of both day and night without any real pattern to them. They occur in all rooms of the house and whether I am there or not there. They dont coincide with storms or the days prior to or just after storms. The vets have checked her blood, fecal, teeth, back, stomach and none of those explain the behavior. Shes been on anti-anxiety pills (Alprazolam) and on pain reliever (Tramadol) with no major response. She still enjoys her walk, likes to play, has a normal appetite, does not vomit, does not have diarrhea, drinks the normal amount of water. These panic attacks or whatever they are occur suddenly. When they happen she wants to jump up on us, be right next to us, and then when she realizes that being next to us doesnt alleviate whatever is ailing her, she starts pawing at the window and doors like she wants to go outside. When we try to let her outside she just sits at the door and does not move or walk outside. She continues to be restless and uncomfortable with her tail dropped low, ears tucked back like she is scared. She does not whimper or bark though. She just stares at us and jumps up on us. It becomes particularly a problem at night when we are trying to sleep so weve resorted to sticking her in a kennel for the night. She scratches the kennel walls and barks but eventually tires herself out and goes to sleep. However all this happens between midnight and 6 am. The doctors dont know what it is and have just run a test to check her thyroid. They then want me to make an appointment with a behavioralist to determine if my response to Munchkins panic attacks is exacerbating the problem and to see if what Munchkin is doing is a resort of a behavior problem. If that doesnt work they then want me to see a neurologist and potentially get and MRI to determine if Munchkin has a neurological disorder. The bills are getting more and more expensive each week. I was thinking of contacting Mae and Noel to see if theyve ever heard of these symptoms in other dogs before. sorry for the long post and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks.