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kendukes posted:
my pet which is a 15 year old toy poodle. in the past year she has been going into a deep sleep and is very hard to wake up. she is completely limp like she is dead, but you can see her breathing. the number of times are about once every two weeks. any idea what this and anything i can do. thanks
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AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
Congratulations for having a 15 year old dog. It is a testament to the love and care you have given her. As pets and people age, it is not unusual to find that they sleep more and the sleep can be very deep. One of the reasons is a dimunition of their ability to hear. You may find that even when she is fully awake, her hearing is not as good as it used to be. They do make hearing aids for dogs but most dogs don't tolerate them. If your 'pup' has not been seen by your veterinarian in the past 6 months, make an appointment for a wellness exam...to be safe.
Dr. Bernadine Cruz