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HI Sally,You had helped me a little...

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12 Oct 2021

HI Sally,
You had helped me a little while ago - so I am hoping you are still out there for questions.
I have 2 dogs, 10 & 12 and they are both in good health.
My 10 year old seems to be getting more "clingy" as he gets older and it seems to have started when he had a small benign lump removed from his paw almost 2 years ago. He also whines at night, but when I pet him, he stops. He also goes into what I call a licking frenzy in the evening.I have purchased licki-mat and it helps a little, but he still licks and licks and licks (me, the couch, the kitchen floor, etc)Both dogs are spoiled, I am a window, living alone - I live in the country, where all they do is eat, sleep and exercise around the 1/2 of land I have. I cannot imagine how or why he would be stressed.Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Sally G.
Sally G.

Hello and thank you for requesting me. Given here age, I might look more to some type of canine cognitive dysfunction. Dogs that go through this can become more clingy, they can sleep more in the day and be up at night. They have anxiety in which they may do a lot of air licking. Usually it starts when the sun goes down, also known as sundowners.

Your vet really has no test for this, but will go on the oddities you see. Some dogs may forget other things, like what side of a door to go out of and others may stare at a wall or get stuck in corners. There are a variety of oddities.

What I would do is make a list of all changes and the time it starts. This will give you something to show your Vet.

Some dogs do well with over the counter melatonin given at night, but always talk to your Vet about any over the counter meds as your Vet knows your dogs history.

Melatonin dosing. Also make sure the melatonin you pick has not zylitol in it.

https://dogscatspets.org/dogs/melatonin-for-dogs-dosage-side-effects-of-overdose-safety/

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12 Oct 2021
May I add that he gets supplements with omega oil, quercetin, colostrum, vitamin C, glucosamine, and turmeric. These dogs are well cared for always. He does sleep moe during the day - but Chows are lazy. LOL. I am hard pressed to understand the anxiety - unless it is just age related. I may call his breeder to see if any of the others, to his knowledge, have ever had this issue. I also worry about the crying. Males Chows seem to be whiners. My females father whined all the time - for no apparent reason. But I worry when he cries that he is in pain and I do not realize it. Or is this part of the anxiety?? Aside from the melatonin (my husband used to take that) - is there an anxiety med I should check into for him? THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME!!
12 Oct 2021
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12 Oct 2021
I'm sorry. I DID finally read the full article on the melatonin and noticed it is helpful with anxiety too. So, I will assume he needs no other meds for now? Thank you again.
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