I don’t think this is a GQ, because I probably won’t get a factual answer, more like suggestions. Maybe you guys have had older dogs go through the same thing.
Bean is nine years old. Last January, we got a new puppy, which was tough going for a while. Things seemed to be settling down to normal.
Recently, Bean’s been acting weird. Three or four nights ago, she woke us up whining and whimpering beside our bed. When my husband spoke to her, she jumped up in the bed with us and refused to budge. (Generally, she gets upset when one of us wiggles or rolls over and jumps out with a grunt of disgust.) Since then, every night, she starts whimpering in the wee hours, begging to come into our bed.
She’s been moving kind of slowly, so about a week ago, I took her to the vet to get her pain medication changed. She’d been on Deramaxx, but he changed it to Rimadyl, and suggested I give her a baby aspirin once a day. I read the warnings on the medicine, but I didn’t see anything about behavioral changes.
She’s also be vomiting more lately. She always was a puker. (She throws up a thin, yellow liquid, only a couple of tablespoons, and then seems to imediately feel better.) It used to be every once in a while, but it seems to be happening about once a week now. When I spoke to the vet, he didn’t seem all that concerned about it, and suggested Pepto, but she’ll have nothing to do with it.
Should I be concerned, or is this a normal part of the aging process?