My 15 year dog whines all the time

My 15 year old dog whines all the time, I don't know what to do. She also chews an itches with herself constantly.

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    By: Karen Nelson El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    With your dog being 15 years old, now a senior citizen, has she had an exam lately?  If not, you should consider having her seen.  Whining can be a sign of pain.  Unfortunately, just like us, wear and tear on the joints over time can lead to some degree of arthritis.  There are supplements and there are also prescription medications to alleviate the discomfort.  The veterinarian will often recommend blood work to check mainly liver and kidney function if a prescription pain medication is found to be the best treatment for your pet.  It is not a bad idea as a senior pet to have blood work done in general.  Sometimes early signs of disease can be picked up on blood work.  Joint pain may also explain the chewing too, depending upon where she is doing it.  Dogs may lick or chew frequently an area of pain or discomfort.  Has your pet ever had issues with allergies?  Allergies can cause a dog to feel uncomfortable, itch and chew.  Or have you seen any evidence of fleas?  It is usually later in the year, but when homes get heated in colder climates, depending upon where you live, even dry skin can make a pet whine, itch and chew at themselves.  

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