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Species: dog | Category: general | Submitted: 1 November 2007 04:17PM | viewed 13145 times
Q William asks:

My dog is around 11 years old, possibly older (we received her as she was taken from a bad owner seven years ago) and is a Yorkshire Terrier. She has began to urinate and excrete indoors and nowadays rarely leaves her bed. She has a bad smell, although we wash her at least once a week. Her fitness is deteriorating also. Is she just getting old or is she sick?

Q Our vet says: Old age is not a disease! There are many diseases and problems which are more common in older animals, but many of them go undiagnosed and untreated because people put the signs down to "just getting old". It does sound like your dog is unwell and it is possible that if the problem is diagnosed and treated in good time your dog may continue to enjoy a reasonable quality of life for some time. However things will only deteriorate if you leave them. Obviously when you consult your vet about the problem they will take your dog's age into consideration when suggesting an appropriate course of action and hopefully you will be able to find a way of allowing your older dog to have the best possible outcome. I hope it all goes well for her.

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On 1 October 2009 03:05PM Eddie added the following:
hamish my 11 week old westie dog not had his 12 week injection and who shares home with 4 cats. he has lost his appetite,dry nose,has become lethargic and does not seem able to open eyes fully this has just occured in past 2 hours can you advise please?
On 1 October 2009 03:04PM Eddie added the following:
hamish my 11 week old westie dog not had his 12 week injection and who shares home with 4 cats. he has lost his appetite,dry nose,has become lethargic and does not seem able to open eyes fully this has just occured in past 2 hours can you advise please?

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