my dog is a shih tzu he was a stray that i found i had him neutered 4 years ago. for the past week he has been acting very weird he has been wanting to hide in the bathroom in the dark and if you try to get him he jumps into the bathtub. he shakes all the time and has become very attached to my boyfriend whining at him to pick him up. he has also been whining alot to go outside all the time, once outside he just marks. he is on a prescription diet for crystals in his urine so he does drink alot but because of the food. he has acted like this a couple of time before when there was a fly in the house or if he had a urinary tract infection. i had a blood cell count and internal organ function blood test done 4 days ago, bloodwork came out perfect. i was wondering if he possibly has cushings? his skin is fine and he does not have thinning of the skin or hair loss. he does not have a pot bellied appearence as well. my vet prescribed him xanax for the fly phobia does work great for it, but now he has been acting this way every day for the past week.
What do you do when he whines or acts afraid? If you cuddle him or pick him up,you'll be rewarding him for the behavior and that will make it escalate. You have to ignore the behavior. It might not make it go away completely, but it won't make it worse. Mine was shaking every time she heard me cooking because once the smoke alarm went off. Ignoring her and sending her to her crate made her eventually stop. It also might help to distract her from the behavior by removing him to another room or outside and try to get him involved in another activity like going for a walk or playing with a toy.
First I have to ask, are you aware of the food recall? Our dog was put to sleep in Feb due to illness- she began to shake, walk slowly, ears back, urinating wherever she sat or layed down- then neurological symptoms surfaced. She was very clinging to me when she first became ill. I knew right away something was wrong. Her blood work was fine, but urine ph was a little high when this first started out. If you have weighed out the food issue- and this is out of character, it could be the pup isn't feeling well, something else may be taking place. Pets often hide their illness- especially cats they say but dogs can as well. Keep your eye open for any changes. Keep us posted please.
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It does sound a little weird, has anything in the house changed in the past few days or weeks that would casue the behavior? Try the DAP Pherome Diffusers, you can spray it on a bandana, and put it around the dogs neck, over some time it may help with anxiety, the anxiety itself I couldn't say, Blood work usually shows a problem for Cushings.