We put her on medication, no change. You just have to go ahead and make the decision at some point. I will keep informed about Snowballâs condition and diagnosis. We must remember that dogs see the world differently from us. It’s tough to gauge his quality of life and since I’m not his “owner” the end of life decisions are not entirely mine. He’s been to the vets but she’s said there’s not much they can do. What can this be? In dogs, we can use the acronym DISH to investigate for other symptoms. I adopted her 8 yrs ago heartworm positive and got through that (she was overly hyper and difficult to keep her calm). If you have ever gone through the progression of Alzheimer’s with a friend or loved one then maybe you can realize what type of emotional pain they go through. am looking at his little face now and he just looks so lost and confused. Like you, though, I do hope it’s age-related. Take note of other signs of pests in your home to help you rule out this cause. She has had seizures every few months. At the moment she has an urgency to get up on the dining table. Our Doxie, Sally, was 14 years old. First, you must understand that barking is a natural function in the canine world. He’s not realllythat old . Also, she has cataracts and is deaf for about 4 years. If you hear any chewing, scrambling, or other odd noises, you could have some pests in your walls. Quality of Life Scale. disorder that commonly begins in dogs around 12-24 months old. If a dog is feeling the need to freeze … The vet gave us an antibiotic and a pain pill. I have not heard that listed as a symptom. Sorry this is happening! . Aww. Most times when comes back in from outside she does so as always but once in a while when she comes inside from potty time she will wander off to the far side of the family room and just stand there. Sundowning in people is controversial, with some dissent about the causes. The most common thing I write is for people to check with their vet. I will talk to his vet hoping to reduce his prednisone and let him go through this step of his life with as much of support and knowledge i can give him. Our Sasha is the sweetest girl, a petite German Short haired pointer that is 17, has her 18th Birthday in Sept. has always been in great health up until the last 6 months. It is particularly challenging when the dog also has sensory difficulties. My 11 y/o beagle mix is acting different.. She acts sometimes like she doesn’t know me. Is there anything else I can do? She’s going to the vet as soon as we can get an appointment. I’m sorry for my late response. She still eats and drinks and goes to the bathroom. Mouth disease I’m so sorry this is happening to your dog. The thing is, there are so many possibilities for these mental oddities that can happen to dogs, not just dementia. In those years, she never spent a night without us. Iâve tried to just go to sleep and let him do what he wants to do but I canât. Good luck with your boy. condition and must be treated immediately. Common toxins in the household include cleaning supplies, medications, and certain food items. I’m so sorry your dear friend may be failing. This may have been addressed here but I am going to ask again. Have you checked out the quality of life tables? Glad to be of help, Susan. Thinking of you and Alli. I’m providing fospice (foster/hospice) for a senior dog suffering from canine cognitive dysfunction as well as IVDD. Please give her a treat for me. On the Treatments page on this website, I include all of the treatments that have shown in studies that they may help. Thanks. Also something for joint pain? I put my 16 year old cat down yesterday and have been torturing myself, wondering if I made the right decision. Is there a better way? One thing he doesn’t forget is where the food is.. lol He doesn’t seem to recognize me anymore, it’s like he just tolerates me as I’m the one who supplies food and treats. Everyone says to me ‘you’ll know when the time is right’ – thst may be the case if the dog is in pain and suffering, we feel empowered by our ability to ease their pain and help them pass with dignity. Symptoms of depression are also similar to those of medical conditions, so itâs important to distinguish between them. P.S. Our vet concludes dementia and prescribed low dose of Amitryptyline. But I will say that my little dog’s first symptom was drawing away from someone she had loved and been comfortable with for a long time. My son’s house is so empty without them. Best wishes to you and your dog. One possibility that our dog barks or growls at "nothing" is that there is something or someone that we cannot perceive but he can. There were some negative indicators I had not thought of, and some activities I was worried about that were put into perspective. He paces more, often aimlessly. Her ears perk up like she hears something, but her hearing is so bad now that I doubt she's hearing something far away when she does it. I am sure your response helps others . At least now I understand why his behavior is like it is! Hi Larry, I love Shibas! Then a seizure so she is on Keppra. It’s a pretty rare specialty. I hope you can get a little comfort from the other stories in the comments. It’s such a hard, hard situation with your beloved companion. Those are just about the bottom line for me, assuming that physical needs are well enough taken care of. The only place she wants to be is on the pillow on the left side of my bed. I put it back, and also here is a link. In the wild, dogs' relatives watch attentively as the pack leader eats to let him know they are hungry and that they are hoping for his scraps to eat. eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],'happyfitdog_com-banner-1','ezslot_18',116,'0','0'])); A dog listening to pests in walls will likely respond when called by name. Thank you for this site, I really needed to read this today. I’m glad the videos were helpful, Gay. Have tried acupuncture, shots, lazor treatments (we wanted to give every possible treatment to our girl) She just stays up all Niigata walks aimlessly , I have to stay up with her She gets, caught under furniture, I am constantly following her worried she is going to hurt herself. Thanks for the share. Good luck on the bloodwork and I hope you can get some pharmaceutical help. I can tell how much you love her. I asked her many times if she could have something else other than cancer (besides the obvious dog dementia). are we doing enough for him ? If they are very interested in the wall like they would be if they saw a squirrel outside the window, try placing your ear against the wall to have a listen as well. The biggest advice I can give is “Trust Your Instinct”. Thanks for your kind words. Other possible causes include: Odd wall-staring may be a sign that your pup has suffered from a head injury, like a fall, fighting with other animals, or a motor vehicle accident. It organizes the different issues in a helpful way. What did the vet say? I’m worried he’ll forget to come in and suffer heat stroke or worse. Ty in advance. Good luck and I hope you get an answer. First, Vet took blood test which didnât show anything off and gave him Zonisamide 100mg ( for seizure) but then rapid decline. My 18 year old chihuahua mix has SUDDENLY become VERY anxious after being in bed at night for about 3 hours. Thoughts? The dog could be listening to a squirrel in a tree several houses away eating seeds and nuts stolen from a bird feeder. Now I can take her to the vet and have a knowledgeable conversation to help Sherloch enjoy his golden years, instead of seeming lost and staring into walls. If need be during the day, but we don’t cause he is calm and collected during day, only at early evening the big anxiety begins even if constantly erasure him we are around, look up Benadryl for dogs and it tells you all about it, it has been a life saver for us but we know someday in the near future we have to let go, really is so sad, we have him since he was 6 wks. Good luck with your schnoodle. All the best to your baby as well. She began peeing in the house, became hard of hearing, not knowing where to find her food bowls anymore, so I had to take her to them. I also say it in my book (since you bring that up) more than 20 times. Now I am at the point of the Quality of Life decisions, and its impossible with dementia. It is sad to see her like this. Your dog is so lucky to have you! I’m so sorry for my delay in answering. Thank you so much for posting these videos. I don’t know if it’s an “official” symptom or not, but it could go alone with neurological deterioration. We keep the floors covered with newspaper for any accidents. So I leave him, eventually he’ll come to bed. The video with Cricket was wonderful. I have been treating him with Anipryl for 3 months and wish I had heard of it a year ago, when it may have done more good. She often wanders aimlessly at night – she has her sleep cycle mixed up. I mentioned it to my vet but because Daisy is nearly impossible to get drugs into (I don’t know what happened to her in the past, but you can’t touch her mouth [sends her into a panic], and she chews everything very carefully so there’s no hiding pills unless they’re tiny) we decided not to try to medicate her. The first night, Tuesday, I was thinking maybe it was just the time change still, but after it happened last night I’m not so sure. I didn’t think to much of some of it until he stood at the door to go out and when I opened the door he wouldn’t go out it. I figured it was old age, but feel it has be dementia too. In your research, and communication with others, have you ever heard of younger dogs getting dementia? I am so happy to have found your site. I’d love to have an update if you care to. My lab, Tex, is 12 and has CDD (and has had epilepsy his whole life). Scarlet walks around at night, really going nowhere. Youâll be more informed and have more detailed observations to share with your vet. Epilepsy happens to be the most common neurological disorder in dogs. –Eileen, Hello, But most of the symptoms of dementia can also be symptoms of other neurological problems too. He started all of the habits mentioned, wandering around, getting stuck in corners and under/behind furniture, some accidents in the house, going to the wrong side of the door etc. I do hope your Ginger has come back. He is never relaxed or happy anymore and it is heart-breaking to see him like this as the bad days are outnumbering the good ones. 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