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    My dog is old

    Does the title sound cold? I love my dog. But I need to talk to other dog people - he's getting on my every last nerve.

    When I look in his eyes, I can see how much he loves me and would do anything for me. Which is what makes it hard to say he's driving me NUTS.

    He's on two pain killers for his joints which seem to help him, but the vet says it is not arthritis. He has a lot of trouble with the stairs, so I don't make him do stairs if at all possible. What's getting to me is the whining if we are not in the same room 100% of the time and the going to the bathroom in the house. I know he want's to be with me because it makes him feel comfortable, so I do not prevent him from being in the same room, its mostly if I'm at the bottom of a flight of stairs that he is afraid to go down. So, I bought a harness to help him with the stairs, but he hates it - I don't really know how to train him to work with me to make things easier for him. He doesn't go to the bathroom in the house all the time - its more like once a week-ish. Plus he still shows signs of wanting to play, so I don't think it's quite "that" time.

    I understand all the things he does that drive me crazy, but somehow that doesn't help them not bother me. Any thoughts?

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    Re: My dog is old

    It's hard when they get old. How big is he? Can you carry him up/down stairs? Could you use a towel like a sling under his belly to help him move?
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    My dog was old and annoying for the last 3 to 4 years of her life. She whined constantly, always wanted to be on my lap, and went to the bathroom in the house several times a day. She would wake me up at 3 in the morning to be let out of her crate, then she would just stand there. I cannot tell you how often I was annoyed with her and just wanted her to shut up.

    We put her to sleep last Saturday. She wouldn't eat and started having seizures. Now I would give anything to be able to hear her whining in her cage or have her jump on my lap just to sleep. I know that doesn't really help you, but just remember that when your dog is gone, you will miss him like crazy. Enjoy the time you have with him.

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    I have four dogs, three of which aren't old and they all get on my nerves from time to time. That doesn't mean that I don't love them with all my heart though just like you love your old guy.

    I'm a bit confused that the vet has prescribed two pain killers for joint problems yet your vet doesn't think your dog has arthritis??? If not arthritis, then what? The problems you are seeing could very well be a medical issue that can be corrected with proper treatment.

    I do rescue work and I currently have a little guy that I thought had separation anxiety. He would cry like a baby if he couldn't see. The vet said that he had never seen such horrible abscesses and he had very little lower jaw bone left. The vet was shocked that he was even eating because he had to have been in excruciating pain. He never cried again after we got him home. So behavioral changes can be from pain as well as medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, cushing's, canine cognitive dysfunction, etc.

    Has your vet done a senior panel on your boy? If not, that would be a really good place to start to rule out possible causes for the changes in behavior you are seeing.

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    I have a few old guys, but I would never say they are driving me nuts. I cherish every minute I have with them.

    I have a 10 year old Shih Tzu whom I rescued a year and a half ago. He has 3 severe heart problems, siatica in his back, and severe arthritis in his hips and joints. He's on different medications for the problems to help keep things in check. And he loves to be around his humans now that he's getting up in age, especially lately.

    Dogs get old like that, they want to be close to their humans, as it comforts them and makes them feel better. I'd never describe that as annoying. Same with the whining. They are obviously whining for a reason. Maybe their hearing or eyesight isn't as good as their younger days, and they are scared or spooked. When my old ones whine, I do everything I can to comfort them. I usually put them on the sofa next to me, and they snuggle right in with their fluffy blankets.

    I also have a 12 year old dachshund, Mattie, who is completely blind and partially deaf. I rescued him a few months ago, and he has settled right in, and follows me aroun everywhere I go, following my scent and my voice. He whines if he can't smell or hear me, so I keep him close to me when I can. He gets very comforted when he is sitting with me, snuggled in my lap.

    Jake and Mattie both have accidents in the house sometimes (which is okay, because we have hardwood flooring in some rooms, or laminate in the others. No carpet, thank goodness), but we understand. They're old, and just like senior humans, they cannot control theirselves as good as their younger days. So I simply put them outside to potty more often, and if they have an accident, I simply clean it up.

    Trust me, enjoy your babies now. Once they're gone, you'll truly realize just how much you miss the little things that are no longer there. I cherish Jake so much every moment I am with him. His heart is very bad, he has a severely enlarged heart. It's so enlarged, it's constricting his bronchial tube. He also has a very bad heart murmur, and he has a valve in his heart that doesn't function properly, causing his heart to not beat properly. He shows all the signs of a dog with major heart problems (often coughing, exercise intolerance, ect.) and we know that Jake won't live to be a dog that's in his teens. The vet gives him about another year or so.

    So, truly cherish your babies while they're with you.
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    old happens. Llarose, how old is your dog? I'm dealing with some issues with my elderly dog too. I think what drives me nuts most is being able to help him, being able to make him as happy & comfy in his senior years as I possibly can, & the fact that I can't always know what I should do to make things better for him drives me nuts! Maybe that's the feelings you're experiencing too?
    My mom is elderly, & believe me, she can drive me insane! But I love her & just be as patient & understanding as I can.
    I think maybe patience is such a huge virtue!

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    It can be hard when they get old but it's important to do what we can for them and to know when the time is right to let them go. Just remember one thing, we get old too and much of what your dog's going through your parents and eventually you will go through also.

    One thing you could do for him is take him to a holistic vet, particularly one that practices accupuncture. This would give you some alternative treatments thn your normal, allopathic vet would have available.

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    I just lost my beautiful old boy. Before he became ill, he always preferred sleeping on the sofa in the living room, probably because there wasn't room in the bed for him. But then he started sleeping right beside my bed where I had to jump over him to get in and out, and I admit, sometimes I was annoyed with his new favorite sleeping spot, especially when I was in hurry to go to the bathroom! He would have nothing to do with a dog bed, or even a blanket on the floor. As he got sicker though, I would often wake in the middle of the night to reach down and pet him. I find myself still doing that a couple times a night, but he's not there anymore and I would give anything now if he was.

    By the way, they can be pretty darn annoying when they're young too! I've lost count of how many pairs of Reeboks my youngest destroyed. He's outgrown that, but still loves to chew the plastic thingies off our shoe laces, and he's 8 years old. Plus he hogs the bed AND he snores. And when he's mad at me for leaving him, he tears up his pack mate's bed. And I could go on with a list of grievances, but the important thing is that for all MY faults, he loves me anyway.

    But it's okay to feel annoyed. He will always forgive you.

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    Re: My dog is old

    Thank you everyone that replied. It really does help hearing other peoples stories. I'm on vacation in another state right now (they are in good hands at home) and I miss them all!!! Mulder is my old one and I know he can tell when we're about to go on vacation.

    As far as arthritis or not, I don't know what the vet thinks it is, he didn't say, but we do a senior profile every year and nothing shows as unusual. I think a lot of his issues are related to muscle loss relating to age.

    My house has Mulder (the big guy), Penny (Jack Russel - 4), Guinness (big kitty - 11), Oreo (tuxedo kitty - 1) and Mad Max (5 month old kitty - looks like a Holstein). And the human kids (10 and 12). I just filled Mulder's prescription online so he went a couple days without it but he's already doing better with moving around. I'm glad he's feeling better. I do love him and I can't imagine how the house will be when he's not there anymore.

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    We have a 14 year old that I doubt will make it through the winter. She's our farm mutt/gaurdian of the home/raiser of the human children (when I was little). She was just an all around great dog.

    She now has trouble keeping weight on, has boughts of athritis, and is incontinent.

    But the old lady will still be kept around for as long as she finds life enjoyable. (She still thoroughly enjoys life and plus, she's enjoying getting to come inside the utility room on cold nights... I'm sure she'll hang around extra just for that. :P)
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    Re: My dog is old

    My 14 yr old Beagle whined for the past 13.8 years. lol

    She has recently stopped whining and making any noise. She is losing her hearing.

    I so much hated the crying ALL the time....she drove me crazy.

    But......now, I SO much miss it! I want her to whine again!


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