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    Unhappy Old miserable Charlie

    Hi all, my cavvie Charlie who's now coming up 11 yrs old, has become a terribly grumpy and unhappy dog. he barks like mad to go out for a walk, once out he can't manage more than 50 yrds due to his back legs giving way, he then lies down for the rest of the day unable to hardly walk, his hearing has totally gone now and he growls when stroked. The only thing he wants to do now is sleep and eat and he will beg and hunt for anything, he's even taken to eating the grandkids wax crayons !!. I know its because he's getting old, but I did think that this breed maintained a happy old age ?.
    Anyone else have a grumpy old cavvie ?

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    So sorry he is not doing well. Has Charlie had a thorough exam by a veterinarian? The grumpiness might be a sign of a health problem.

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    No he really is just very very miserable, if you let him have a treat he runs around like an excited puppy, the second the treat has been eaten he lies down miserable again, he wanders around the garden hunting for anything to eat, even waiting for the birds to drop some bread, strange how they are such a happy breed when younger

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    That is so sad. I do think many people here have had happy doggies even in old age. Mine is only 6 so I can't say. She is very happy. I would be heartbroken to see her unhappy. I do agree you should talk to the Dr.

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    Please, talk to your vet. Charlie may have the beginnings of dementia - he forgets that he has had a meal and thinks that he needs to find food. The problem with his back legs could be degenerative myelopathy (my Cavalier had it). Deafness is very isolating, and they need extra physical contact to make up for not hearing you talking to them. But growling when touched is probably a sign of pain. Because Cavaliers are usually such a happy breed, turning grumpy is almost always an indication that something is physically or mentally wrong. If there is pain, your vet can probably relieve it; dementia can be managed; deafness needs understanding and extra touching; if the hind leg weakness isn't degenerative myelopathy (which a neurologist could tell you), it may be a spinal problem (which could cause the growling when touched) requiring an x-ray to diagnose. So please - don't just say you have a grumpy dog, find out why he's grumpy! Some of it may be due to ageing, but some may be physical symptoms that can be relieved.

    If Charlie can't walk very far but would enjoy going out and about more, I can lend you a buggy (I live in Coventry), which was absolutely brilliant with my old dog and his younger friend in heart failure. Or if you'd like to meet up to talk, message me and I'll give you my phone number. If you live in the West Midlands, we have a first-class referral veterinary hospital in The Willows in Solihull - your vet might refer Charlie for a full health check there.

    Love from Kate and Ruby the noisy rescue!

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    Sorry, I've only just seen your post about Charlie.

    I agree with everything that Kate has said, especially about getting a full health check at The Willows in Solihull. I doubt my Holly would be such a hard working and happy 9 year old Cavalier without the expert treatment and advice we received there.

    Do let us know how you get on trying to sort out Charlie's grumpiness please.
    Warmest wishes
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    Winston Alexander,Little Joe & Holly Poppet
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    So sorry you are going through this but I agree with Kate also.
    It sounds very like my Pippin who started to act the same a few years ago. A visit with the vet confirmed spinal spondylosis and early dementia.
    With love and care from us and careful monitoring from our vet and the right medication he lived another few years and became happier again, though did sleep a lot too.

    I would say my Pippin was sad rather than grumpy but he had his moments, demanding food!
    Remember 11 is old for a Cavalier, imagine a man in his 70's with dementia and arthritis.

    I know it can be hard to manage but it can be done.
    Pop to the vet and have a chat and get Charlie a check up.
    Wishing you all the best, please let us know how you get on x
    In memory of :
    Gus(blenhiem) Nov 2001 - Dec 2015 Pippin Feb 2004-Nov 2017 (tri) DJ(ruby) June 2004 - Nov 2015

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