Technically a newbie, but Pepper is getting OLD
Iíve had Pepper since he was a puppy. He is now 8. He is a chihuahua/yorkie mix but is chihuahua in body and spirit. Iíve noticed over the past few months he is just acting OLD. Sleeps a lot, doesnít bark much. We have went on several trips recently and stayed with people he doesnít know and all he did was sleep, even when he was surrounded by cats who he usually loves to play with. Everyone has commented he is so quiet for a chihuahua, and he used to love to bark and play. I feed him limited ingredient food, and he gets to come to work with me every day. He used to at least acknowledge people who came into my office. Now he just sleeps through everything. Iíve also noticed he doesnít seem to hear well anymore. He doesnít even bark when people knock on my door. I know part of it is he hates the cold, but he would at least run outside for a quick potty break last winter, now he wonít even go out the door if itís not 65 degrees. He has been using the bathroom indoors all the time, and heís been housebroken since he was six months old. I chose a chihuahua because they have a long life span, but heís acting like heís a 100 years old. Any advice?