We have had our six year old Golden for nearly a year now.. and I am pleased to find this forum! She is our second dog as the first is a little cockapoo who joined our family three years ago.
Melly is a total sweetheart and we are falling even more in love every day. The family we adopted her from bred her for temperament and her puppies went on to be service/therapy dogs. So you can imagine, she is a total love and all heart. She is incredibly patient, kind, loving, cuddly, nurturing and sensitive. The sensitive portion of her personality seems to be a little bit of a problem as if any changes happen, she internalizes and takes it out on her body. Anyway, I'm anxious to scour the boards and learn about ways of dealing with this -- I have been told by other Golden owners this isn't too unusual. Poor babies!!
I am so interested to learn more about the breed, nuances and golden lifestyle!! Hope to meet you too!
I travel for work every other month and when I return, she is so excited and happy but I think it overwhelms her that I was gone and then returned. She starts throwing up her food and will have horribly bloody diarrhea. The last three times, we took her to vets who stopped her up, gave her the rice/chicken diet, tested for parvo, giardia, cancer, liver issues, allergies, parasites and found nothing. One doc put her on anti-depressants which helped.. But eventually, it will go away.. While we're treating her, it's traumatic for all involved. She feels horrible for being unable to control herself and we feel bad b/c we know that my leaving is upsetting her. I'd say about $1500 worth of tests and not having an answer the fourth time around is discouraging. I've been to two vets, too..
Anyway, I'm hoping someone may have been through this and might have a solution in how to help. I appreciate the ear!