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Worried about older dog.

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Dawndonnaagain Wed 13-Jul-16 12:04:57

Cavalier King Charles, just nine. He has taken to guarding his food for a couple of hours before eating it, he used to be a dog that wolfed his food down immediately. He will guard for an hour or two and then eat, or he will guard for a couple of hours and then abandon. He tried with the younger dog's food too, but we now lock the older dog in the kitchen whilst the younger dog eats. Last night he started growling at dh whilst dh ate tea. He's also taken to barking at nothing. I'm worried. Any thoughts?

Dawndonnaagain Thu 14-Jul-16 17:06:40

Turns out we have to say goodbye. sad

ahalfchipshalfricemum Thu 14-Jul-16 17:12:01

Feeling for you OP. We have two aged CKCS and watching them deteriorate is horrible flowers

DiamondInTheRuff Thu 14-Jul-16 17:18:55

So sorry OP. Was the food guarding a symptom of something?


Dawndonnaagain Thu 14-Jul-16 17:36:53

It seems he has a brain tumour, secondaries in his stomach. Vet says he is in considerable pain, although we didn't pick up on it. But it would explain not eating as much or as readily, and being sick more than usual. He's been stone deaf for years which we knew, but he is also now blind in one eye, which we didn't know and going blind in the other. He has heart problems which mean he wouldn't survive operations etc.
I'm really going to miss him, he's been my constant companion for nine years.

DiamondInTheRuff Thu 14-Jul-16 17:44:43


Our lab was diagnosed with cancer last October. We only realised there was a problem when the pain got so bad he collapsed. He'd been hiding it for months, you couldn't have known.

How long do you have?

Dawndonnaagain Thu 14-Jul-16 17:50:31

Tomorrow Diamond I won't see him in pain, it's not fair. But oh my days I'll miss him and I haven't stopped snivelling.

pigsDOfly Thu 14-Jul-16 19:38:07

What an awful shock for you. So Sorry.

DiamondInTheRuff Thu 14-Jul-16 19:44:55

It's so hard but we don't want them to suffer. He will know how much you love him.

ladybird69 Thu 14-Jul-16 19:51:11

Dawn I feel for you, I lost my beautiful lab on Friday to bone cancer. He started to mess in the house, then went lame and passed away, all in a matter of weeks i'm still in shock, it was so fast. Thinking of you (((Big hug)))

Dawndonnaagain Thu 14-Jul-16 20:04:47

I honestly thought they were going to say he perhaps was developing dementia and here's some tablets come back in a couple of years. He has been my constant companion for nine years. I am shocked.

paddypants13 Thu 14-Jul-16 20:22:53

I lost one of my dogs in similar circs. I noticed a lump on his gum, assumed it was a gum infection so took him to the vets. It was a fast spreading terminal cancer.

You are doing the right thing letting him go. Give him a pat and a hug from me and flowers for you. x

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