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Elderly cocker spaniel
CarlaInNC posted:
My 12 year old cocker doesn't seem to be feeling well today. He's having trouble going up and down the stairs, limps slightly, pants/snors/coughs, and just isn't himself. He also has a lot of gas (more than usual).

When we've been out for walks today, he tires easily and acts like he can barely make it home. He's usually very entheusiastic about his walks.

He had kennel cough about 2 months ago. We treated it and it eased quickly. Otherwise, he's been very healthy all his life.

He just recently had his check up, everything looked good. He is using the bathroom just fine, drinking well, but only nibbling at his food (which is unlike him.)

Any thoughts here? Thanks!
DSchrock responded:
Yes, you should give him Pet Health Defense (probiotics for pets). It has worked wonders on my dogs and cats. Promotes a healthy digestive track which will get rid of his gas and his tiredness. Find it at
Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS responded:
Any time an older animal doesn't feel well, it can be a bad sign. Especially when there is such a dramatic change from normal. I would encourage you to have your veterinarian check him to be sure it isn't something serious.

I hope things go well.


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