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my buddy keeps nudging his bowl, whines, then barks?

Okay, so my golden is 14 years old and arthritis. As of this point we don't know anything else but he has been kind of lazy these days and lays down a often.

We were feeding him beneful for awhile, then he did what he does in this video. We switched over to canned wet food, now he does it for that. Any ideas why he would do this?? After awhile though he will eventually force himself to eat it... if he goes too long not eating sometimes I'll just give him table scraps.

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Besides feeding him something better than that cwappy grocery store brand, you need to raise his bowl up. These dogs with arthritis have a hard time bending over to eat. It hurts. My Danny and Sammy would lay down to eat, but if your dog isn't comfortable doing that you need to get a raised platform for the bowl.

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I can't believe that you don't know what he's telling you...he doesn't like his food. He doesn't like his food!

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Two things. Your elderly dog probably isn't being lazy, but he may very well need some pain medication for his arthritis. Please speak with your vet asap and see what he/she recommends. Buy your dog a nutritious, palatable food. He's very clearly telling you that what you're currently feeding is unhealthy, unappetizing junk....which it is. You don't have to break the bank to get a much higher quality food. You can get sample small bags from most reputable pet food stores and see which one he likes.

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i got it from a 100% organic store and it was really expensive.. kind of figured it would've been the most healthiest to give him. i'll shop around today and look for something. the vet gave us ramidyl but she told us she needed to do x-rays for him and blood work which costed about 400 and i don't have it because im only part-time working and full time in school. its been about a month since the ramidyl ran out and he's not at his worst, but i can tell hes bothered.

i love this dog so much but i just kept reading different things online that keep contradicting alot of my theories. i'll try to get a cash advance this week to get him in there because i can't stand to think hes hurting this bad ;(
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If you don't want him to be on rimadyl long term, talk to your vet about milder alternatives that do not need as much oversight.

Our two old dogs were on tramadol and aspirin. And we made various alterations in our home to help them out. Thicker bedding on the floor for them since they couldn't get up on the beds and couches. And in the case of your dog, I'd suggest raising that bowl up for him.

Beneful is one of those foods that I keep getting alarming "DON'T EVER FEED" posts on my facebook from my instructors and fellow dog people. Honestly, at his age I'd feed what he enjoys eating. You don't want to switch to something crazy if it is going to upset his stomach. I wouldn't personally feed Beneful though.

Other things you can do.... Phycox - is pretty expensive a joint supplement, but many of my friends with elderly dogs swear by it. I've never given it to my dog, but it's something I've kept in mind later on down the road when my Jacks is an old man.There are other joint supplements as well that may help at least alleviate his joints locking up and so forth.

Good luck - and considering his old age, I am sure you have been taking great care of him if this has just been a recent development with the food.

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With a dog that age, when something is amiss and he has a change in behavior or appetite , I'd be off to the vet for a check up. Could be simple like not wanting that food but could be serious like hemangio sarcoma of the spleen, etc. Get a check up and bloodwork!


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I hate being the first to bring this up, but your old guy may be dealing with some end-of-life issues. 14 y.o. is a very senior Golden. It's difficult to find a food they will eat but not upset their delicate system. He isn't being lazy, he may be hurting or just not have the energy to be active. He may have a bad tooth or just losing interest in food. Is he still drinking plenty of water?

Personally, I'm not in favor of blood work for such a senior dog, I feel we should leave them in peace and not be stuck and prodded. The tests may give you and the vet some insight as to what is going on but probably change the outcome. JMO

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I completely agree he needs Rimadyl or some type of pain med that the vet can give him. I think he doesn't want to eat and it could be because he's in pain.
I also agree he needs bloodwork to determine what is wrong. When they are older, we can't afford to wait!

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i called the vet's office today and spoke to a secretary, told her that i wanted another bottle of the rimadyl because his symptoms are returning. she is going to talk to the vet then give me a call back. if she says no, i'll find a way to get him in there. something i had noticed while he was on the rimadyl was that he was smashing his food (eating a LOT more often), and his hips gained weight again (probably muscle). when the perscription was all done, he was good for about a month. buddy's energy increased and he could actually get up the stairs on his own. he doesn't whine or bark ever, only when he goes in his dish.

can anyone recommend a food that their elderly golden loves? i'll go out and buy it right now if i can find it

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