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Any pet can lay low or hide because it is ill or has been injured. Although it is most common with cats, I have known dogs to pursue this behavior also, particularly the older and chronically ill canine. The criteria below can be present in this scenario:
  • A dog that is known to be ill or on new medication.
  • Surgery was recently performed, (even spay or neutering)
  • Change in weather signals increase of symptoms example: cold snap increases pain with arthrtis; humidity increases allergic reactions
  • Any pet that routinely hides when alarmed, frightened or feels unwell.
  • Dogs with a low tolerance for pain or discomfort.
  • Canines that have exhibited "bolt and hide" behavior before.
  • Before disappearance, pet owner may have noticed a change in behavior or activity even if subtle. Change can be in activity, food or water consumption.
  • A change in elimination routine . Anything different from the norm even accidents in the house when the dog never had accidents.
  • Pet has disappeared and pet owner has no idea how or when. Unlike cats, dogs usually exhibit illness or feelings of being sick. May go to area outside of house to be left alone- not to die alone as is popular theory.

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