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Posted: 1/16/2014 8:21:45 PM
He's been acting super-weird lately.

For awhile now, he's been kind of scrabbling on our floors from time to time. We've had hardwood floors since we brought him home, so it's not something where he's not used to the flooring or something. And most of the time he's fine, but at least once a day, it's like he's walking on ice and can't get a grip.

In the past few days, he's been refusing to walk across the kitchen after dark. If DH or I go to give him a cookie, he won't come and take it -- he just stands in the doorway, very submissive, which isn't like him normally.

He's also started standing in the kitchen doorway and whining very very softly at night. He won't settle down. Just stands there and stares and whines.

Any advice? The whining is what's really getting to me...the rest I can deal with.

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Small update: I took Lukin in to the vet this morning, and he wants us to see an ophthalmologist. He thought it looked like the optic nerve was swollen, but he didn't really have the proper tools to see if that's causing the issue or what else might be going on. He said it wasn't anything like the normal kind of degeneration that you often see in older dogs, and since it seems like it's come on rather quickly, we need to get it looked at. He's also running a whole bloodwork panel to make sure there's nothing like diabetes going on that could impact his eyes.


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Posted: 1/16/2014 8:22:47 PM
Hmm...something up with his eyesight??



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Posted: 1/16/2014 8:27:42 PM
There's a "being" in your kitchen that's spooking him. Seriously, have his toe nails grown long? My dog so needs a toe nail trim. I also think her anal glands are bothering her.

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Posted: 1/16/2014 8:34:40 PM
do you have floorboard that's loose and he' sensing it? I saw the old Ghost Hunters and they debunked it with the dog. They checked out the floor and found out it wasn't level. It made me think of this when I saw your post!

Is he acting okay otherwise. Like his legs aren't hurting him? Has your weather changed? Sometimes mine will get kinda weird like that if a big storm is coming or we change something in the house!

Although he could be spooked but I didn't want to scare you too!




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Posted: 1/16/2014 8:47:05 PM
My dog had similar symptoms and it was the beginning of her decline with kidney disease.

She had the same slipping problem and she started stopping at the edge of the garage and wouldn't go outside. She also started facing the wall and staring at it.



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Posted: 1/16/2014 8:48:04 PM
How old is your pup? The fact that he seems bothered at night makes me wonder if it's a vision thing.


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Posted: 1/16/2014 9:06:50 PM

Hmm...something up with his eyesight??




How old is your pup? The fact that he seems bothered at night makes me wonder if it's a vision thing.



Hmm, could be. He's fine the rest of the time, seemingly, and he gets around okay in the dark in other parts of the house. He's 9, so he's getting up there.


have his toe nails grown long?


Nope, that's my other dog's issue, though. Dragon-claw central, that one.


do you have floorboard that's loose and he' sensing it?


I don't think so... I'd probably have tripped over it if that was the case!


My dog had similar symptoms and it was the beginning of her decline with kidney disease.



I hope that's not it. I've been trying to keep an eye on his drinking, since the water thing is on the far side of the kitchen, and he seems to be drinking okay right now.


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Posted: 1/16/2014 9:09:01 PM
What kind of dog and does it have long fur? My Pom does that if the fur on the pads of her feet get a little long. I have to keep it trimmed. Longer nails can cause them to have trouble getting a good grip as they walk on hardwood or tile. Try putting a rug runner down and see if that helps. He may have slipped just once and be skittish now.










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Posted: 1/16/2014 9:14:37 PM
My 6lb poodle gets scared of the Lino flooring at times. Kinda like no confidence to walk over it without slipping, like ice as you describe it. Part of it I think is an attention getting thing, and part of it is worry that he will slip.
I out him on leash, then lure him to follow me with a treat. I try to distract him from even noticing he is on the Lino.

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Posted: 1/16/2014 9:16:07 PM
Oh and also he will stand and stare into the kitchen. I think he get distracted by the movement of trees I
In the window, so I closed the blinds, new stares less often now.
And he is 9 years old.

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Posted: 1/16/2014 9:22:50 PM
Our dog is the same way. He's blind in one eye now and the other is going.

Ended up putting throw rugs around so he could cross the floor. We have a couple in the kitchen in the linoleum, and a few in the bedroom on the laminate .

He is scared to walk on the floors otherwise.



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Posted: 1/16/2014 9:23:37 PM
I kept dragging my decrepit old Lab to the vet, because she would cry and act really weird, but nothing physical (other than the things already there) was wrong. Finally the vet sat me down and said she was pretty sure my dog has dementia. Sure enough, all the symptoms fit. It's sad, but better to know what it is, and she isn't in pain when she gets that way. She gets "lost" in the house and does odd things like stare at a wall.

It may be something to look into. There are medications that might help, we haven't tried any yet as she is on many other medications already.

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Posted: 1/16/2014 9:51:54 PM
My sisters cat is doing stuff like that
He was just diagnosed with very severe diabetes
Which, according to the vet would account god his yowling at nothing, stumbling and staring at the wall


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Posted: 1/16/2014 11:23:27 PM
Our 12-year old lab started this type of behavior (sans the whining) about a year ago. I also noticed she was shuffling her back feet when she walked. Turned out she's arthritic and the laminate floor is really difficult for her to maintain traction on. We started her on supplements, an anti-inflammatory, and invested in a bunch more washable, inexpensive (if sometimes ugly) throw rugs so she can make it around the house.

The whining is curious - does he have to cross the kitchen for anything important like a dog door or food/water?

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Posted: 1/16/2014 11:59:39 PM
My lab slips once in a (rare) while and then he's scared of the area of the floor that he slipped on. Usually I'll put a nonslip rug there for a couple of days and then he forgets about it.



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Posted: 1/17/2014 12:57:29 AM
We have the pad fur issue with my yorkie. I think hes getting less cooridinated as he gets older though. He'll be 11 in March. A few days ago he was dancing around excited as I got out his food and somehow all 4 feet slid out from under him and he fell sideways. I was looking right at him and still can't quite figure out how it happened. He got right back up and continued to trot around me for his food.


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Posted: 1/17/2014 5:09:36 AM
Some dogs cannot walk on kitchen floors or hardwood floors, etc.

Your dog may have fallen without you realizing it and now he might be scared.

We had a Samoyed who found it very difficult to walk on our kitchen floors, especially as he got older.

We placed area rugs in the kitchen so that he could walk on them to get from one room to the other or to his food bowls. I got them at walmart. Long, rectangular type of rugs. They were a pain because I had to move when cleaning, vacuum, etc., but for him, they were worth it.

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Posted: 1/18/2014 7:11:50 AM
Sounds like a trip to the vet is on order. Poor pup!



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Posted: 1/18/2014 11:56:33 PM
Well, I did a little experiment just now. I had some old bathroom rugs tucked away, and I put those down over the kitchen floor. I let the boys in, went over to the other side of the kitchen, and after a little hesitation, Lukin came right over across the rugs. So I'm thinking it must be his eyes. Another clue -- he barks way more outside at night than he does in the daytime. If his eyes are going and he can't see as well in the dark, well, that makes sense.

I'll be taking him in to the vet next week just to make sure that that's the issue. Thanks for all the advice, ladies!


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Posted: 1/19/2014 12:38:27 AM

I hope that's not it. I've been trying to keep an eye on his drinking, since the water thing is on the far side of the kitchen, and he seems to be drinking okay right now.


Actually, it's not just the drinking you need to watch, but your dog's actual urine stream. Tomorrow check out your dog when he's going pee. See if it is a steady stream. If not, it could be a bladder issue. Our pug had issues with crystals in his bladder and he had a horrible infection and almost died. To ensure he gets adequate fluid intake we now put water in with his kibble at mealtime. He laps up all that water to get to all his food. haven't had an issue since.

Sadly, I will say when our dalmatian started exhibiting symptoms similar to what you describe, it wasn't good. Hopeful that it will be a different outcome for you.



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Posted: 1/19/2014 10:48:38 AM
I hope you find the answer soon and your pup is back to his lovable self.

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Posted: 1/24/2014 11:34:07 AM
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