Q. Our golden retriever will not lay down. He will sit. He has been standing for much of the day. He has urinated and pooped today as usual.

A. An injury to one of the limbs, problem with the anal glands, or tenderness in the abdomen or chest may also be preventing your dog from laying down comfortably. It is also possible that your dog is feeling sore from too much activity and so it is painful to lay on the floor or his usual bed. Placing extra blankets down or a warmed up towel may help provide some relief so that he can rest. It is a good idea to schedule a checkup if the behavior continues for more than a day.

If you notice any signs of open wounds, bloated belly, labored or distressed breathing or other serious issues that could be preventing his ability to lay down, it is best to contact your vet ASAP as these can indicate a potential medical emergency.

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