My dog is getting older -and the vet thinks he needs a friend?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@eeniebeans:  Do a test run by dog sitting for a friend overnight or for a weekend.  We were considering doing this for our aging pup but the overnight went terribly.  Our pup was grumpy with the younger dog (it was 2 years old to our guy’s 7) and a day late our dog had a seizure from the stress (our dog is prone to seizures.)  That solved the issue for us; no new dog until our pup has passed and we’re ready for a new dog.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Aww, he’s precious!  If he likes other dogs, I think getting him a sibling would be great, just make sure it’s not one that’s *too* rambunctious for him.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

A sibling would be great, but I would advise against getting a puppy. I have a 12 year old (11 at the time) and we got a puppy. It’s been almost a year and my senior still hates her. The puppy isn’t mean or anything… just a little too wild for my old girl 🙁 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I agree, it is risky but at the same time, if you get the right doggie-companion for him, it could be wonderful!

Similar experience: A few years ago my MIL’s dog (who was 9 or 10 at the time) started losing her hearing and her eyesight. My MIL adopted another lab who was about 6 or 7 so the older dog could have a companion. The two dogs don’t leave one another’s side and the younger dog is so sweet with the older one. The older one, now 14, is completely blind and almost completely deaf, so she follows the younger one around. The inlaws live in a fairly rural area so the dogs are always off-leash. They go outside together to do their business, take walks in the woods, and the younger one is always leading the older one around. It has worked out very well for all of them!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@eeniebeans:  My parents had an older german shepherd and she was getting a little grumpy and losing her eyesight and didn’t really want to move a whole lot. My parents got a younger german shepherd and it was amazing how much our older one transformed! She seemed happier and was always following the younger one around. She lived a few more years after that and I really think the other dog helped her.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@eeniebeans:  I think you’ll never regret it if you got him a friend!

 

 

 

Can I ask (not to threadjack) how you resolved any allergy issues he had?  My dog has horrible allergies.  The hypoallergenic diet isn’t working!!

 

 Also, I think Lincoln, the name and the dog himself = adorable!!

 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@eeniebeans:  Dogs are pack animals and generally enjoy the company of other dogs.  Older dogs are extremely patient with younger ones, and can be very loving and gentle with even the tiniest of puppies.  Our old fella is 10 and has gone night blind, so he gets a little lost out in they yard before bed, but its ok because the other two go get him and lead him back to the house….every night.

This isn’t something you have to jump into, but it bears consideration.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

My poodle was 11 when he got his ‘brother’ (my fiance’s cat), and since then has received three more, a lab/pit, a rotten/lab, and another cat. For him, it’s turned him into a younger dog, he’s a lot more playful than he used to be. But I definitely think its vital to get the right dog. Maybe a 6-10 month instead of a puppy? If you do get another dog, take the older one with you to meet in a neutral place and see how they interact before committing.  Chances are they’ll bond quickly.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i think it’s a good idea. we got a friend for our dog when she was pretty old. she was used to being the only dog, so she had to get used to sharing her turf and the new dog was a very active puppy who loved to run and play, so they had kind of a rocky start, but eventually they became best buds and it helped keep my older dog active in the last years of her life.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@eeniebeans:  My friend had an older dog who didn’t like other dogs but she decided to get a puppy anyway and they are best buds! He acts YEARS younger than he did a few months ago! 

My father did the same for his border (border did like other dogs) and he is also more alive when the puppy is around 🙂 

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

We have two dogs – a ten year old and a 3 year old. I think the younger one makes the older one more comfortable and active. 

Most rescues should allow you to bring in your dog for a meet-up and may even allow you to test drive the pair at home for a week. 

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