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    We purchased a english bulldog puppy for our daughter last month, and 2 or 3 days ago he started walking non stop in the living room, He keeps the same lil trail and walks/ paces back and fourth. Took him to the vet, they think he had a seizure or ate something. There's nothing he could of ate, and not sure how to help the little guy He eats and drinks but he goes back to the walking non stop. When we hold him still he whines till we let him go and he starts pacing faster.

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    I'm sorry to hear he's not feeling well How's his poop? and how old is he? Could he have eaten something that could cause an obstruction?

    And what food is he on? Sounds like he would have tummy pain... or he could maybe have separation anxiety... how long have you had him now?
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    His poop and pee are fine. He is about 18 weeks old. We are pretty sure he hasn't eaten anything but his dog food.

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    Could he have separation anxiety? If he poops and pees normally it shouldn't be an obstruction at least... but maybe he's sensitive to his food? Does he always pace or is it in connection with eating?

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    He paces back and forth,he'll stop to eat but then start back again.An when you try to pet him to get him to stop it's like he wants to stop for you ,but he can't he just has to keep pacing.

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    He is on iams smart puppy,that's what he was on when we got him,we've had him for about 3 1/2 weeks.What could cause him to have separation anxiety? Could he be missing his old home?

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    Mm, ja it shouldn't be the food then if he's been on it all along and been fine... and you've had him for a while so if he had anxiety about leaving his mother and siblings it should have come earlier I think... Dogs usually pace if they're in discomfort or restless but he's a puppy so it doesn't make sense for him to be restless like that as there are no hormones or anything that will bother him yet. Has anything changed since he started to pace? Anything at all, like new treats, or new schedules for the people in the household? But it does sound like discomfort of some kind... he can't have hurt a muscle or something when playing? I had a bulldog once that started pacing and it turned out he had injured a muscle... he didn't limp or anything just pace around and didn't want to lay down.

    I don't know about the seizure option... feels like he should have calmed his brain down by now if it was something like that. I'm gonna tag @Libra926, she knows things like that
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    no nothing has changed since he started pacing,he'll even bump into stuff like he didn't even see it, he's knocked his food and water bowls over a bunch of times.When you try to pet him it seems like he wants to bite he'll open his mouth but he don't..he really don't play rough so i don't think he could of got hurt but it's possible..At times he paces faster but then other just paces like he has been.I think i'm going to take him to our regular vet today.We had took him to the one closes to us yesterday because it had been icing but i think we are going to take him to the other to see what he thinks.

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    If he were mine I would request bloodwork and X-ray's be done just to be safe. I think I would also take him to a specialty hospital that has a board certified internal medicine doctor and a neurologist on staff. It can be costly but so worth it. I really hope and pray it's nothing to serious and that you get an answer quick!!

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    This really sounds neurological! I would bring him back to the vet, with video in hand, and if he ( or she ) doesn't act, I would get another opinion. How about the breeder you purchased her from- she may have some answers and recommendations. Good luck. This just does not sound normal at all.
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    Hi, I agree with Mary's suggestion of going to the vet, and was also going to suggest taking a video of the pacing to show the vet the behaviour. It could be separation anxiety, or something neurological.

    What Would Make a Dog Keep Pacing?
    by Naomi Millburn, Demand Media
    Dog Care Behavior What Would Make a Dog Keep Pacing?



    "I get upset when I think that you're about to leave."


    Pacing in human beings can point to many different things, from excitement to impatience. Pacing in the doggie world is similarly diverse; it can indicate everything from the urge to mate to the frustration of separation anxiety. Do not ignore pacing in your pooch. She might just need your help.


    Separation Anxiety


    If your dog starts pacing every time she picks up on even the smallest hint that you could be leaving the home, whether for a short or long period of time, separation anxiety might be at fault. If being on her own makes your dog feel unsettled, frightened and out of her element, you might notice everything from antsy pacing back and forth to whimpering every time you take your cellphone, wallet and keys off the kitchen counter. Separation anxiety also frequently causes dogs to behave in destructive manners -- think house soiling and chewing.


    Hyperactive Dog


    Hyperactivity could also be the reason behind your doggie's constant pacing. If your pet's energy reserves are a tad on the excessive side, this could be her issue. Many potentially things can lead to hyperactivity in dogs, from the anxiety of household tension to the desire for your acknowledgement and attention. Apart from pacing, you also might notice other telling behaviors, including seemingly nonstop running around, inordinate barking and chewing on practically anything in sight.


    Older Age


    Frequent pacing in a dog could also signify the aging process. Elderly dogs often develop cognitive issues that cause them to feel disoriented and confused, whether due to memory problems or difficulties in seeing and hearing. If your dog paces a lot and seems to have no apparent destination or point to her actions, then it's time to take a closer look at the situation. Along with the pacing, you might see other hints of problems, such as antisocial behavior, quivering, zero reaction to her name and excessive daytime sleeping.


    Compulsion


    Pacing can also be a sign of compulsion in dogs, similarly to spinning around, barking all day and going after shadows on the wall. Many experiences can bring out compulsive patterns in canines, including insufficient interaction with doggie peers during the puppy stage, bullying from fellow household dogs, serious past neglect and trauma and frequent isolation and lack of attention from human beings.


    Mating Urges


    In dogs of both sexes, nonstop pacing can be a sign of hormonal behaviors and the strong drive to find a partner and mate. Unfixed male dogs often exhibit intensely restless behavior, such as pacing and attempts to run away from the house. Unfixed female dogs also frequently display these types of antsy actions when in their heat cycles. Spaying and neutering procedures, however, often can help with these behaviors.


    Veterinary Assistance


    Pacing in dogs can be caused by a number of different things, some of which are medical. Vision problems in senior pooches can lead to pacing, as can dietary imbalances in super-hyper pets, for example. Because of these possibilities, a thorough veterinary examination is a must -- as soon as possible. Some pacing behaviors also may require the skills of certified canine behavioral experts, as well. Severe separation anxiety and compulsions, for instance, may call for professional help.
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    I agree with the others and would go to the vet as soon as possible. i wonder if it is possible that he could have Hydrocephalus as it can be present at birth or acquired?
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