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Will I need a vet?

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by ChloeLeanne, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. ChloeLeanne

    ChloeLeanne PetForums Newbie

    Jan 5, 2012
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    My dog, Mitch, is a brindle staffy and is 11 years old.

    Hes recently started limping and licks his paws after exercise or playing, he has 'caterax' in his eyes, and his fur has become grey so he is getting old. Sometimes, he breathes heavily and wheezes in his sleep. His behaviour isnt normal, as he isnt as energetic and always wants hugs or to be with me

    Would I need to take him to a vet?
  2. babycham2002

    babycham2002 PetForums VIP

    Oct 19, 2009
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    Yes, your dog is in pain and there is things that can be done to help

    In my opinion elderly dogs (so over 8 in most breeds) should be taken for check ups at the vets every 6 months or so
  3. SixStar

    SixStar Banned

    Dec 8, 2009
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    Of course he needs to see the vet :(

    He is probably licking at his paws because he is in pain and trying to relieve it, and there are things to help with athritis and cataracts.
  4. Dober

    Dober PetForums VIP

    Jan 2, 2012
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    Yes, I would also say he needs to see the vet. Dogs are very, very good at hiding pain so if you have the slightest suspicion anything is wrong, its best not to delay. Best wishes for your boy.
  5. holyshihtzu

    holyshihtzu Guest

    yes I would also go to the vet, your dog could be arthritic and he is probably in a lot of pain he is 11 yrs old so I am sure every dog owner would expect when they reach that age. i wouldnt like to prescribe anything to you but you could probably try omega 3 oils or something, but I would like to say unless dogs cant have this

    good luck, hope he gets better soon xx
  6. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

    Nov 22, 2010
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    Poor boy :( Please get a vet to check him out - there may be some simple ways to make him more comfortable.
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