This is not Cavalier related, but it is dog related!
We adopted Jodie about one month ago. She is a 15.5yr old Samoyed who lived her whole life with most likely a wonderful mom. Unfortunately, her mom died of a stroke and Jodie was left on a bare kennel floor without meds for 2 weeks before being put into a new rescue for 3ish weeks.
The rescue informed us that Jodie was great other than some arthritis. When we received her, she had a horrible cough, severe arthritis and 70% incontinence (despite asking 3 times if she was incontinent because we felt that would be too difficult to deal with).
The cough was first treated with antibiotics, but persisted. She's on theophylline and cough tab now. The theophylline seems to have worked wonders and she rarely coughs. The incontinence was "fixed" with doggie diapers. She does most of her poos outside, but has the occasional mispoop. We dealt with two weeks of urine everywhere before the diapers arrived. We've also dealt with diarrhea everywhere and 6 vomits in one day from Campy which was also treated with antibiotics (baytril).
Jodie is also on rimadyl and tramadol for her arthritis. She can get up on her own if she's motivated, but usually we help her up. She can walk about 3-4 blocks and seems OK.
She is finicky about eating regular food and has to be pilled daily (tried pill pockets, peanut butter, dog food, marshmallows, cheese, etc.) She will eat any treat though.
The most frustrating thing we are dealing with is the incessant barking. She has barked for more or less 8 hours straight. We have tried gentle walks, feeding her, giving her water, and rolling her over if she is in an uncomfortable position. Sometimes we just sit and try to comfort her. We have tried ignoring the barking if we know all her needs have been met. The barking continues. Last night she barked from 11:30-12:00am and then again this morning from 5:00am-8:00am (felt like 4am) which is when I left for work. This is not an unusual occurrence. I feel like I am losing my mind. The barking seems unrelated to whether or not we are with her or in a separate room. Sometimes I have come home from being out and she is barking.
Forgot to mention that she also appears to be deaf. I know she has gone through a really horrid time of things - but if I can't sleep I feel like I will go crazy! Help!