My 10 year old dog's behavior
has suddenly changed. She is not eating
, but hovers her face over her bowl and growls if I or my other dog approach. If I send my other dog out of the room, she just sits at the bowl, but will not eat. My first thought was that the dry food was hurting her teeth. I tried mixing it with a little water, and then with some gravy, but neither worked. I tried changing the food, thinking she just didn't like it, and that didn't work. I broke down today and bought canned food
, which she never passes up, but has been off for some months now due to pancreatitis
. She wouldn't eat it. It seems the only thing she will eat with gusto are the "greenies" for her breath.
The only other change in behavior I have noticed is that this morning she went outside, but did not urinate. Then she ran back to the door looking all excited. I told her to go and she did, then ran to the door like she was ready to eat. But when I placed the bowl down, I got the same weird behavior. She NEVER once in ten years has gone outside and not urinated. In addition, we have noticed that she is sometimes urinating
on our tile floor. We expected this as she aged, and have added an additional time for her to go outside. She also seems to be having worsening cataracts
, but doesn't seem to have any trouble getting around.
In all other respects, Sadie seems happy and normal. She does have bowel movements and seems otherwise "normal." (She's a rescue dog and has never actually been normal!)
My concern is physical versus behavioral. I'm actually worried she's getting "senile" or having a bit of dementia. Am I jumping the gun here, or should I be taking her to the vet?
Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.