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Our beloved 7 year old yorkie Brady has changed. At first we noticed he just quit eating his dry dog food that he ate for years. Next thing that started is he will just Yelp occasionally and shake for a few seconds. Also he doesn’t wanna play anymore he just lays around. We switched his food to a wet food with some dry mixed in and he eats it fine but now his water intake has dropped off. He won’t even eat treats anymore. He still goes outside to use the bathroom but then comes back in immediately. He doesn’t run around or chase birds. The vet ran full panel of blood work and it all came back good.
 

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Did the vet offer any other suggestions? Recommend more tests? I would ask for a full thyroid panel, as issues with the thyroid can cause extreme changes in behavior. If that comes back normal, I would push your vet for more answers, or seek a second opinion if that is no help.
 

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Agreed, this would have me looking for a medical cause because it doesn't sound behavioral at all. Thyroid is definitely a source of issues like these and should be checked, and I'd also consider the possibility of some kind if epilepsy/seizure disorder. If you can, video the yelping/shaking incidents so you can show your vet the behavior. If your vet's totally stumped I'd go for a second opinion elsewhere or ask for a referral to an internal medicine veterinary specialist for more in-depth diagnostics.
 

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Agreed, this would have me looking for a medical cause because it doesn't sound behavioral at all. Thyroid is definitely a source of issues like these and should be checked, and I'd also consider the possibility of some kind if epilepsy/seizure disorder. If you can, video the yelping/shaking incidents so you can show your vet the behavior. If your vet's totally stumped I'd go for a second opinion elsewhere or ask for a referral to an internal medicine veterinary specialist for more in-depth diagnostics.
He just yelps one time and it’s just more of a trembile I guess. It’s animist like he is scared of something. Very strange. I just tried to feed him and he was trembling a little like he is scared. I don’t know it’s very weird
 

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A third vote here for a more in-depth medical examination. This isn't likely something you can fix with wet food or time.
 

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Seizures don't always look like the full-on collapsed on the floor spasming you see on TV, but what you describe could also be pain, neurological or hormonal issues, and I'm sure other things that I can't think of because I'm not a vet. As I said before, a severe behavior change like you're describing really, REALLY seems medical and there's definitely possibilities that won't show up on standard blood tests.
 

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Sounds a bit like the dog is in pain. Maybe an injury, pinched nerve, etc etc?
 
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