Hi I would like to know if I should get my dog into the local vet to get him check out or if he has just been scared by something.
My dog has been getting really clingy the last few nights when he normally will keep to himself.
He shivers as if cold, refuses to leave my brother or my side, and pants , yet doesn't show any usual signs of not feeling well. When I try to go to sleep he will pace around the house and act as if he wants outside.
When I get up to let him out he won't go do his business he just wanders around the hard and occasionally sits down and peers off into the distance.
I though it was my wall unit heater as he would do this around the same time my brother would turn on the heater but he left the heater on through the day to see if he continued to act funny and he stopped when morning and the outside started to heat up more.
How old is your dog? If he is older it is possible that he is developing cataracts and is starting to have difficulty with his vision at night and it is stressing him. During the day it is light out so he can still see without a lot of difficulty, but once it gets dark he gets panicky because it gets more difficult for him to see. I would take him to the vet anyway to have the vet give him a once over, and while you're there he can check to see if his vision is affected at all. When dogs and cats get older they are no different than aging humans. Their senses of sight and hearing start to dim, just like ours do. Cats who are affected by vision or hearing deficits as they age will often wander around the house at night and get "lost" in another room. They will meow very loudly until a family member comes to see what is wrong and "finds" them. Much of the time as the animal adjusts to the change in their sensory acuity the behavior lessens, but in the beginning while it is new to them or it is just starting happen it is very unsettling to them.
Since his behavior is normal during the day I don't think he's sick, per se, but I do think that you should have a vet check him over all the same just to make sure that it's something as easily explainable as the aging process.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.