Q. My beloved Nicky (Maltese) is 15 yrs. I looked at the list for dementia, but I didn't say "crying for food every two hours around the clock.

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A. Dementia can often present as confusion or confused behavior, so it may be that your dog is crying in confusion rather than wanting food. However, regardless of the cause of the behavior, if it is new and different than what she normally does, it is best to schedule a senior wellness exam with your vet. They can check for any common aging-related issues that may be causing an increase in hunger and crying such as pain or metabolic problems, and provide treatment as needed.

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