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Behaviour change 07 May 2016 01:07 #10114

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Hi, I've not been around for a long time due to having a grandson My akita Beau (8 years old) has recently (last 8 months or so) started to be restless. agitated and trying to go into confines spaces like the getting into the bath and to climb barriers to go upstairs which are there due to her bad joints especially at night time, I'm blocking them with all sorts of barriers. The vet cannot identify any specific problems. Acquaintances have commented about old age but doe anyone have any advice?
Last Edit: 07 May 2016 01:08 by POLLYWOLLY.

Re: Behaviour change 16 May 2016 16:26 #10117

Hello, please excuse me for being late in getting back to you, computer has been on the blink

I'm sorry to hear that Beau is showing this behavior problem. the first thing that comes to mind is that maybe she is trying to get comfortable, that perhaps she is in pain? you say she has joint problems, my Asia has arthritis in her hips and was on metacam, but I didn't like the treatment she was getting with her original vet, so I've signed her up with a new vet who doesn't put things down to age, Asia is 11, I don't think 8 is old. But maybe you could get her signed up with another vet? Is Beau on any medication for her joints, some anti-inflamatories, such as metacam, can cause liver and kidney problems, has your vet done a urine test to check for crystals in her urine? My old Ben (my akita before Asia) was displaying very simular behavior to the restlessness that your Beau is displaying, it's very distressing to see isn't it, my Bens vet checked his urine and he found problems with his kidneys, but once he was on meds for his kidneys and a new diet he was back to his old self

My Asia is now on new medication, "Gabapentin" apparently it works on the pain receptors in the spine and it's not an anti-iflamatory so it doesn't have the same effect on the liver and kidney's as an anti-inflamtory, it's a fairly new treatment as far as I know, but my Asia is like a new dog on it. I only mention it to give an example of how a new look at Beaus problems with another vet might find something that will help her, and if it's a behavioral problem (personally I don't think it is) a fresh look from another vet could give some answers, or have a talk to the vet you have now, ask for some test to be done on Beau, maybe get advice on a new diet for her.

Pleas let me know how things go, I really feel for you and Beau and would love to hear that she's feeling better

Congratulations on the new grandson!
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Re: Behaviour change 22 May 2016 20:35 #10125

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Sorry have tried to reply but the site keeps blocking it

Re: Behaviour change 25 May 2016 14:49 #10127

Perhaps it will be okay now, can you try to reply again please, I'd like to know how Beau is getting on
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Re: Behaviour change 27 May 2016 10:11 #10128

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Poor Beau

I dont think 8 is old either so I couldnt see it as an age related thing. It does sound like perhaps she is in some sort of discomfort or pain.

I hope you are able to get to the bottom of it.
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Re: Behaviour change 29 May 2016 01:34 #10132

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Thanks for asking. She's been to the vets today and they think its pain related and has been prescribed regular daily capreive (previously as required) and started on gabapentin (which is unlicensed for dogs). I can tell a difference already after 2 does of gabapentin, well after 1 really of gabapentin. The vet I seen today was brilliant, (he's treated her before and previously suggested paracetamol, gabapentin or capreive) and x-rayed her without anaesthetic alone as all the other staff were frightened of her. He came out and told me that he would check because it's long term management if it would be cheaper to get a prescription and buy from online resource. I'm so relieved she's getting some relief, I've seen other vets in the practice and whilst I cannot criticise them I would book in future with 2 off them whom go the extra mile in my opinion! I'd been giving her piriton in the evenings before to help relax her but this had little effect. She's sleeping like a baby tonight. But I'm staying with her but hopefully I'll be able to relax in my own bed in a couple of days x
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