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Can someone share with me some typical signs/symptoms of aging in our senior goldens?
Being unable to regulate their body temperature is one. Some may need a coat for the winter or blasting the A/C in the house in the summer. Arthritis is another. Also dementia which may be initially confused with loss of sight or hearing.

Out of the five things you posted I think #2 bothers me the most. A Golden not getting up to greet people seems strange to me. You might try Mirtazapine which helps with eating and attitude. I lost my first girl at approximately 10 and my boy at 13yrs 3 months. Both of them were chow hounds and people greeters right until the end.

Cherish every day and try to stay positive for your boy.


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Thank you all so much for your insights and shared experiences. I never thought it possible to love a creature as much as I love and adore Scout. This stage of our journey is so very difficult but somewhat eased by having supportive and kind people like all of you in our lives.

I've made notes of many of your suggestions to address when we go to the vet in a few weeks and he indeed is getting food he wants and likes. Today seems to be is a good day and we'll take every one we get. He was up and cheery and bouncy when The household woke up today and that makes my heart smile. He's teaching me every day to live in the present and its not surprising that even in his time of need he's still able to provide me with so many life lessons.


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