Nine Year Old Female Springer Acting Weird

by Nancy Robinson
(New Hampshire)

We have had Ginger for almost 10 years. She has always been a loving dog and was brought up in a quiet, loving family. Once in a while over the years, she would display strange behavior. After reading information, I am beginning to see a pattern in the Springer personality. It seems to be focused in on their mind, and changes that affect their behavior, especially when they get older. Recently, our dog, is doing the pacing, heavy panting, eyes look dazed, can't sit still,mentally removed from being with my husband and me. If my husband is in a separate room from me,she is with him and ok. If I am in a separate room, she is ok with that. If we are together trying to watch tv, she goes into this weird behavior. The other night she was showing all physical signs of the behavior I just described. She disrupted the plug to the tv, jumped up on a chair and tried to jump up on our entertainment center, knocked blankets off a chair, knocked over something in another room, jumped in and out of the bathtub, tries to get behind anything like a couch or chair, and refuses to be petted or touched. This has gone on now for almost three nights. I think she is just getting old and her mind is changing. If anyone has any insight to this, I would much appreciate it. We are going to take her to the vet and wonder if there is any medication she can take at night to calm her down. She has become very disruptive to our house. We love her, but I don't think I can live like this forever. Thanks.


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Dec 15, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Thanks again for the wisdom. So far, she is just her old self and we are happy. I will tell my husband how important the glands are. Same to you, have a wonderful New Year. Maybe you should adopt a brand new puppy to ease your void. I am sure there is one waiting out there waiting just for you! Best regards< Nancy

Dec 15, 2011
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So So Pleased Things Are Resolving NEW
by: Geoff

Hi Nancy I'm so so pleased Gingers problems are resolving.In his last year bless him I had to empty Charlies anal glands about every fortnight to keep him comfortable. It's not a nice experience but if it means comfort is to be optimised it has to be done.Good Luck in all your endevours with Ginger. Love and cherish her while you have her.All the best for the festive season and 2012. God Bless.
Kind Regards
Geoff

Dec 15, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I would never abandon Ginger, I was just using a manner of speech to describe my frustration and worry about her. We love her too much. We did take her to the vet, he emptied her glands and she seems to be back to normal! I do not know if it is a coincidence or not, but something worked. All weird behavioral traits seem to be gone, at least for now. But, thanks for taking the time to write, I am very sorry you lost your dog. We try to prepare ourselves for that day, as our dog is our "child" not just a dog. She means the world to us.
Best wishes, Nancy

Dec 14, 2011
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by: Estie

You need to get to a vet.

Dec 14, 2011
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Please don't abandon your springer just because she's acting strangely NEW
by: Geoff

When you say "you don't think you can live with this forever"it saddens me greatly please don't abandon her when she needs you most!! a dog is for life through pitfalls illnesses, trials and tribulations you go through it TOGETHER.
My beloved Charlie whom i lost in Feb 2008. did exactly the same but then developed epilepsy which turned out to be due to brain secondries cancers the primary being in his prostate.
From diagnosis to his passing, with medication he led a none suffering pain free life for a further year and was only 10yrs when I lost him. But oh how I still miss him. As I write this my tears flow. So please please give your darling springer the love and support at the time in her life when she needs you most. Good luck and give her a hug from me. Remember you can replace house carpets anytime, but a springers love and devotion can never be replaced.

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