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dog barking 

I have a 15 yo Lab kelpie x
she has in the last 2 months started barking every night
the local vet put her on pain killers thinking she was in some kind of pain but it hasn't worked
what else could it be?

Answered Thursday 12 February 2015

Thanks for your question. This is what we would call a “non-specific sign”; that is, there are a number of different potential causes for this problem. Pain is certainly one of them, for example osteoarthritis in an older dog could definitely cause her to bark in discomfort. Other causes might include dementia, blindness or intracranial disease.

If the pain killers haven’t helped her and you would like to investigate it further we would recommend re-presenting to your local veterinarian. Investigation could include an optic examination, a blood test, behavioural training or anti-barking aids such as barking collars and anti-anxiety medications or even advanced imaging such as an MRI. 

It also might be worth letting the neighbours know that you are aware of the problem and outlining what you are doing about it. It is often easier to discuss things with people prior to them coming to you with a problem.

Good luck with your dog,


 Anthony and James

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