Disinterested in Owners

by Phil Flack
(Asheville, NC. USA)

Our 10+ year old female Pyrenees has recently become very distant and even runs from us when we try to pet her or give her a treat.
We have had her since she was a young puppy. She has never been abused. She and her sister Pyrenees (about a year younger) have been together for 7+ years.
They are Family...doggie door to fenced back yard. They come/go as the wish. See Vet annually or as needed.
She has recently had a bout with cancer in her jaw. And some infection in her throat glands.
Is she mad at me because I took her to the vet??
I hurts my wife and I both that she seems mad at us...
Thanks. Phil

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Apr 20, 2021
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Disinterested
by: Donna

Dogs don't generally get mad at their owners. Don't take it personally. I would be more concerned about what is causing your dog to do this.

If everything has been fine with your relationship to-date, it could be she is in pain from the cancer. Perhaps it has spread? I hope not.

Do you only give her treats when you are taking her to the vet? She would relate treats to the vet in that case but if everything has been normal until, now, again, I would worry about her health.

It's hard to say without being there. I hope everything works out with her.

Apr 20, 2021
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by: Phil

That is basically my thoughts.
No, they both get regular treats (daily)
And usually a nice piece of meat and bone from the butcher shop at our local supermarket.
Treats AFTER coming back from the vet.
And they have a "spa" day every couple of months. Bath & grooming..
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Jun 24, 2021
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Grt Pyr
by: Anonymous

Donna, My Simba boy (9yrs) passed away from tonsil cancer a year ago. I knew something wasn't right when he would take his treat but not eat it. My vet said he probably had dementia. They took blood etc. Everything was ok. But my gut feeling was not, so I watched everything and googled. All his symptoms pointed towards the tonsil. I don't blame my vet she had never seen it before. We took him to University of Illinois for the diagnosis and stage. My heart bled. It was way too advanced to treat without putting him through hell. So we brought him home and loved him until it was his time.

Jun 25, 2021
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Trplyy
by: Phil

That’s all you can do. We lost her a month ago. She was obviously in pain and had lost 14 pounds in 10 days.
It’s too easy for us to selfishly keep them alive for us.
We appreciate everyone’s kind words.

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