Hi, nice forum here.
I will start out by saying I have a 13 year old Maltese male.
He has been living with me for 13 years with no other dogs, other than visits from relatives and friends with dogs, which he loves to play with. He has been suffering from arthritis lately, but still manages to move quite well.
I thought since he loves to play with other dogs I would get a puppy.
I just brought home a 10 week old Maltese puppy last week and he is acting very depressed. He will not eat his dog food or listen to me.
He looks very dazed like he is on drugs.
He made some whining noises while tryingto get out of bed other day, so I took him tothe Vet today.
Vet did some blood work( which results will be back tomorrow) and an xray.
Vet informs me that he has back problems and spine issues, but not that serious. also has signs of heart disease but she also said nothing to really worry about since he is an old dog.
Vet told me to separate the puppy from him for a while and he should soon come around. When the puppy tries to walk up to him, he just turns his head and walks the other way. No signs of aggression or anything, just ignoring him.
From the very first moment they met he ignored the puppy almost like he was afraid of it.
I broke the #1 rule by intrducing them in the house, but I had no choice. .. it was cold, wet, dark and late when it all went down.
I don't know if this is a wild coincidence or if the new puppy is the cause of all this.
So I guess my question is, is there anything else I can do to make them get along, or do I have to find the new puppy a home
I have become so attatched to the new guy and it's only been a week!
Someone please help.