I have a 13 y/o shitzu, he was always quiet, the past 2 years he whines and barks constantly,at least it seems constant,most of the time for no reason I can figure out. He does have arthritis and a heart condition but the whining and barking sound more agitated then like he is in pain. He does get rimadyl for the arthritis. could this just be a sign of old age ??? I try to ignore him so not to reinforce the barking but this is very difficult to do Help !!!!
Yes, this could be a sign of old age. Many dogs suffer from Cognitive dysfunction disorder which is similiar to senility. I recommend that you talk to your vet about Anipryl which is used to treat this problem. There is also a new food on the market which is formulated for disorders associalted with the brain. It is called science diet B/D. Good luck, vetcare