Our dog Amber has started to growl and even though we havenâ€™t seen it yet, we have heard what sounds like sniping at our two cats.
Here is a little history: We adopted Amber at around 1-2 years old from the Humane Society and she has been with us for over 14 years. She shared our home for 13 years with our now deceased Siamese â€œKittty-Kitttyâ€ with no signs what so ever of aggression. We waited approx. 6 months before adopting (2) Siamese kittens, which at first she seemed to get along with just fine. Now after a year of them being together, she has started to make us nervous with growling towards the cats. The male cat Samson likes to try and rub faces with Ambers, but Amber wants no part of it, and will start to growl and show her teeth. Both cats leave her alone 99.9% of the time, so itâ€™s not like sheâ€™s being provoked.
We have talked to our vet, and they say this is common with older dogs. They can get grumpier with age, and may even hurt one of the cats. The vet suggests possible medications for depression, which is a hit or miss approach at best. My wife doesnâ€™t want to take a chance, and is scared that one of the cats will get hurt. She wants to return Amber back to the Humane Society, something I have mixed feeling over.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.