Number 3. After all I have read hear, and the behaviors he’s displaying, I’m afraid that it could be CCD. And definitely send a photo for the gallery; would love to seen him. I’m glad I found this video. I am relieved that it is just age related! I took him back to animal er and the vet told me that the barking was coming from a neurological problem. Is there anything that can help him other than the Trazadone? […] Read More here: dogdementia.com/what-does-canine-cognitive-dysfunctio-look-like/ […]. So, no good advice here except to talk to your vet, but best wishes and comfort to you for what you and your dog were going through. He has been on meds since and it has been an up and down since. Let us know what you find out if you’d like. Could these be signs or early signs of dementia? Just today someone posted on my Facebook page about her dog going off a certain medication, and a large percentage of his dementia symptoms going away. I took a video of her and showed it to our veterinarian. We have 3 labs, the oldest of whom is only 5 1/2. I hope Bugs still has some good times left with you. Today, he had a seizure. The blood work came back fine…. she is not the same dog…. He greets me at the door with my other dogs and he seems to genuinely enjoy being snuggled. PTSD? His eating has recently started to become an issue and he has started to knock over the food bowl looking for more food. So hard. She’s almost blind and can hear a little. Cooper needs my assistance when doing most things, so am wondering, what will be my sign, that it’s just too much. With no children at home anymore or other distractions, we considered her needs first at all times. I know how hard it is. I know there is no cure, but there’s got to be something to stall the progression. She usually takes a nap in her dog bed sleeping toward the wall. She's a 2 year old Pomeranian dog, and has had some health problems in the past. Her worst episode being yesterday about 20 hours in from the day before. Less than a quarter-mile from the vet hospital, she just snapped back as if nothing ever happened. I am glad I read this site, although I didn’t realize there is meds for cognitive issues. Dear Megan, If I try to touch him, he jumps. Please give her a treat for me. I guess we just have to bide our time, keep watching her closely and if my poor tired body can keep up, just see how it goes. We have two small children including a new born baby and looking after our dog is getting harder each day. Number 2. It’s so much harder to tell with our dogs, but I do believe they can still have QOL when they are moderately confused. Pomeranian’s get bored very easily. Is this really just old age? You are asking the hardest question, Kim. But with dementia, you just don’t know. So I leave him, eventually he’ll come to bed. Thanks for hosting such a great site! I have a bichon named Tucker who is 8 1/2. The treatment page is among my most viewed pages. She’s now 13 and displaying many more signs of CCD. 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. My book has a lot of recommendations, and there are hints in the comments here as well. I was shocked and amazed at how similar your descriptions were. Thanks for your input. His condition was taking a toll on the entire family and I could see he was starting to have more bad days than good ones. Your website is so very helpful to us right now. That’s not a very busy page; if you want to repost it on another page (like this one) feel free; more people can see it and respond. Two days ago he was asleep in on my lap, he wasn’t up and waiting for his food like normal… I finally put him down to see if he would go eat but it took a little over an hour for him to finally go check. She does not rest ! She’s a great love of my life. Yes, that does sound like very fast development of symptoms. They gave him steroids, pain meds, oxygen adn antibiotics. Thank you for this information. He has always been an independent dog but his separation anxiety is now so strong he is jumping up to sit on our jpknee, follows our every pace and sits on our feet. He doesn’t play anymore but he loves his beds. I posted but it seems to have disappeared. Is he keeping you up at night? She is starting on medication for the dementia and another medication to help her sleep at night when things get bad. He immediately said it was dementia. All blood chemistries were normal. pourquoi personne n a étudié le vaccin russe ou chinois , on nous parle que du vaccin américain ou allemand? Thank you so much, Hi Misty, In the past 6 months he has lost a lot of weight, even though he has a very healthy appetite and eats his food, treats, and lot’s of table scraps. He sometimes will get up and go on what we call a walkabout. It sure is hard, Jeni. So we cannot leave him alone. I don’t know if it’s an “official” symptom or not, but it could go alone with neurological deterioration. One of the messages I try to get across in my book is that the dogs are often NOT suffering even though their behavior may be odd to us, and that there are many things we can do to enrich their lives. He will sit motionless around the house for long periods of time. I can tell how very much you love him. I sadly had to put him down as I knew that it was hopeless. Thank you. They are such cool dogs. I hadn’t realized circling was a symptom until I saw your video. Hi Kim, I’m sorry, that sounds so hard. We have been hospicing her for months but it is clear now that she is not going to improve. I hope you talk to your vet, too. Thank you for your supportive words. About a year ago, she had parvo (if it matters) So, she was perfectly fine this morning, but all of a sudden, she started acting very strangely. Since you work with humans with dementia, you know that there’s still a soul in there, and I’m glad your lab still knows and loves you. Hi Barbara Ginger does all of this. Take care. She also has a look of confusion when she sees me sometimes. I’m glad it was helpful. He sleeps all day and night. I even told my husband to take her and I would just say goodbye, while she gets to ride with him, one more time. 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. 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. Meisha has long past the average life span for the type of cancer she had and has been a trooper and I keep praying she will get through this too but then I think I’m in denial. A vet can ask you some questions and start to work on a diagnosis. Take care! He eats and drinks and he still knows me but this week I noticed if I leave the room even if someone is still with him he starts to bark. Thanks for the comment. 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. It’s awful. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Our dog Gizmo will be 16 years old. Hi there, I stumbled across your website whilst scanning for information on doggie dementia. Otherwise strong and healthy, she barks ALL night, digs holes in walls when i’m at work and is generally doing everything on ‘the list’. Hugs. Her annual physical time is due right about now so I think it’s time to talk to the vet about this. 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. Now there is no calmness to her she will hear a small sudden noise and she literally panics. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I can only thank you for providing a place to share stories with people going through the same with their beloved pet and will keep in touch. Cindy, there currently is no cure. We are never mad at her, I think it just upsets he to know she made the mistake on her bed. She always waits by the door when I go to another room. I’m glad your chi is happy a lot of the time. Everything else is perfectly normal-loves his walks, no accidents indoors, eats normally,not aggressive, and will be fine most of the day. He’s almost 14. I’m sure you will make the right decision for Freddie; it’s clear you love him so much. The standard is blind and suffers from Addison’s. I have a rescue shtz Tzu who is 3 years oldd,she had a liver shunt and is on medication,but she has every sign of dementia,up wanting to go out all night but just standing looking about her,staring at the wall,iss this not very young for dementia,we love her to bits,we will do anything for her she had such a bad start in life. Good luck. I was just trying to clarify because of the similarity in the names. Eileen, my 17 year old chihuahua is now completely blind and hard of hearing. My goodness, you have helped Meisha through so much! Love my baby. I hope you have been able to ask your vet about the possibility of CCD. This has come on so sudden. She especially couldn’t get in dog beds correctly and would stop and rest in very strange positions sometimes. I think it bothered me more than it did her. Meal time is quiet time. My dog is 16 & has shown every sign you mentioned, plus the jumping when touched at times. I guess the next thing will have to be “the talk” with my vet. Glad to help! I know i’m going have to make the decision soon. My heart goes out to you. P.S. Quality of Life Scale. Sometimes the cowering can be a response to sounds that we humans don’t hear or notice. Dear Rose, No number of years is ever enough. It’s SO difficult being with him now as there is no recognition, tail wagging ( we always said he worked by batteries as his tail wagged non-stop even when he was being reprimanded his tail was wagging on the floor) absolutely nothing. Tammy, I wish I could help, but that’s a medical question, it sounds like. My dog is a rescue breeder age 5. She is so sweet and will miss her when she is gone. Did you take a look at the links in the “When To Say Goodbye” page about assessing quality of life. We have over 30 pillows that are lined up on the wall and in front of the entertainment center and fireplace. Sometimes they will consult with your own vet for free, or you can pay for a consult with a referral. I just don’t know what to do – I just hate to see him wasting mentally and physically. Learn how your comment data is processed. It’s half past midnight and my 12 year old dog, Harry, jumped off my bed where he sleeps, some hours ago and has just been standing and staring out into the hallway. In the pen she presses her face up like she cant figure out how to get out. Because it affects the intestines and stomach, refusal to eat and drink can be an early symptom. Sad as the condition is, it is so good to realise that some of the behaviours I see are “normal”. Lucy, my dog walks 12 to 14 hours at least around the house in circles a day. Big question …was this a hasty diagnosis? He appears confused… looks for me, when he just found me minutes ago, but doesn’t remember where I am. It was very occasional, only once every three or four weeks, but it picked up a few months ago and now we have 4-5 days in a row with sometimes several days off but then several days again of her being confused and terrified. The other thing that is different is he’s always slept on the bed with me, but now prefers to sleep under our bed. He has a lot of accidents. The vet thought it could be hormonal and gave me some anti biotics in case she had an infection and some pain relief for her arthritis (although she’s never shown signs of pain) Barking for no reason, won’t sit still like he used to but paces instead. Thank you so much for posting these videos. Then when the worse symptoms come in, the decision gets hard. He snarls and snaps whenever we get near hm. I used to check for Cricket’s breathing too. She has both hips diagnosed 3 years ago with dysplasia and arthritis along with lower vertebrae arthritis. Lorraine, that’s the hardest question any of us faces with our dogs I think. She is now 10. If she were my dog I would certainly want to wait a period after she is off the meds to see how she is doing. He rests and sleeps for most of the day and luckily at night, but between around 2:30pm and 7pm he wears himself out circling the house. A year ago she started showing signs of dementia. It’s always a hard conversation, and I hope you and the rescue can see eye-to-eye about him, whatever the decision may be. I’m so sorry, Patti. Our wonderful Vet said we have to consider our quality of life too. Another thing he was doing was unable to get up the stairs his daddy made him to get in our bed. I am so sorry you face the same as we did. I wish you well with a hard decision. Among other ques that lead me to think his life is more frustrating for him, but it really is so hard to let them go. I’m glad the videos were helpful, Gay. Unusual to me the younger guys are showing these signs. If your vet says it’s safe, you can elevate her water bowl. Thanks for all you have herein. Yes, we aging folks of all species need to look out for one another! It’s such a hard, hard situation with your beloved companion. All best wishes to you x. 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. I think. It’s really really hard emotionally to euthanize a dog because of behavior, but it can be a valid choice. We don’t want him to suffer. Oh Jorgette , I am crying as Inwrite this. Sometimes if we can’t find him he’s standing underneath our little dining room table. I love websites like this one that give pet parents options and a way to share stories/tips— every little bit helps. His seizures started this year. I do my own research in my area and I take Barbie to a vet oncologist. But he eats and drinks and can walk. –Eileen, Hello, That snapping in and out of dementia/panic must be so hard to help her with (and to deal with yourself). Sudden seizures and muscle tremors. We took him to the vet immediately but she said she could not tell if he had a stroke. Dr. Ricci, Stephanie, the tech that Sally loved, stayed with us through the process, for Sally. She was always a sweet girl who loved everyone. I love my dog so much he’s my best friend. It is really bad weather outside – thick snow and freezing – so I haven’t taken him out for 2 days. I am starting to notice a little dragging of one hind leg on my bud. He has all the other symptoms, like getting stuck or lost, forgetting things and peeing in the hose after 16yrs of not doing it. And yes, the seniors are the best. On top of that I sleep in the family room where she also sleeps to make sure she doesn’t get into trouble at night. She is a 17.5 year old Hairless Chinese Crested. She’s going to the vet as soon as we can get an appointment. And yes, cats can get dementia too. It’s a personal one only the owners of their loved ones can make. He then got aggressive towards our other dog, they have been housemates for 13yrs since she was a baby, they have slept together always. We can engage him in play but he plays alone, not usually with the other 2 labs. Something told me tonight to research if dogs could have dementia and came across your site. Strange behavior, including uncharacteristic aggression. I believe she had this before the surgery and we just didn’t notice it and I believe the anesthesia made it worse….Is that possible…. He seems to have the classic signs of doggie dementia, but the vet seems to think all this behavior is due to the cancer. IT sounds like a good idea to prevent Jiggs from staying out when it is too hot. She has all the same conditions. He was fine and playing this morning and now its seems like he is scared to move once placed on the ground. Hi. Nowadays she drifts away and seems to forget what she was doing. I wish you and your dog best of luck and many happy times to come. Now I understand what is going on with them. Any info you can give would be very helpful. He doesn’t appear to be in any pain, but it is hard to watch him confused, wandering and especially getting stuck. Not everyone agrees with that but I feel like I did the right thing. Recently, I noticed that when she eats her dry food, she has been very messy. He seems to be afraid of me, if I lean down to pet him, he winces or scuttles back away from me, which makes me feel awful. I am crying as I type this, but I guess we’ll be off to the vet on Monday to find out what I can [possibly do. (I know it can be hard with the messes!) It’s linked on the “When to Say Goodbye?” page. Please spread the word about dementia in dogs since there are some helpful interventions. The last few weeks she lies under the dining table, she never did that before. The problem with Dementia is a difficult disease. Best of luck to you and dear Meisha. For about the last month he has become VERY aggressive with us. We were adopted by our rescue lurcher / greyhound Jed (not sure of the breed) in September 2014 after he had been in a rescue centre of 7 years. Hello, my beagle mix is almost 16 y/o, problems started about 4-6 months ago with a growth/cyst on her hind leg, vet gave several rounds of antibiotics, I did dressing g changes at home due to the area bleeding, blood test showed no cancer, currently just keep the area clean and dry no dressings, she does not bother it. We have gave him an external going over, cant seem to see anything unusual. If you are worried that your dog has a brain tumor, get them a scan without delay. Sadly, most people find the site when their dogs are in late stages. He’s been to the vets but she’s said there’s not much they can do. We’ve also notice he touches us more to get our attention.  De temps en temps, nous devions nous cacher sous le lit et éteindre toutes les lumières car quelqu'un pensait que les Allemands allaient arriver. Some dogs will let you know when they're in pain in obvious ways, but others act more stoic. She has a “team” of doctors and they all love her but I feel like there’s something missing in her care. Pam. I hope you can get her some help. Good luck, Jonathan. Looking for me again. Scarlet walks around at night, really going nowhere. My little Cricket did that and I finally realized that probably for her, it wasn’t uncomfortable or scary. Our Rottweiler/Border Collie cross who is nearly 11 has, over the past few weeks been getting lost on familiar walks and staring at the wall as well as pacing and circling. He will stare upwards at what I don’t know. So I’ve been looking on my IPad and came across your site. Healthy as a horse. Good luck. Over the course of these visits Barbie takes Melotonin (so she can relax and sleep at night and I can too), Cyclosporine (it suppresses her immune system since it’s unknown why her RBC count is low), Xanax (1/2 a tablet in the morning and at night) this helps reduce her pacing/anxiety), weekly B12 injection, and her new medication weekly injection Aranesp (man-made protein that helps produce RBC). Thank you for this site, I really needed to read this today. Everything you point is so true! We’ve tried medication. Good luck with your boy. Thankfully we have a wonderfully supportive vet. Cez 400 tisíc užívateľov za deň. Ive had my dog ever since I was really little and she was just a pup. She was progressing further as time went. They … If she feels any tension on the leash, she will stop and start pulling back. I have not heard that listed as a symptom. I adopted my dog 7 years ago. I’m lost, I don’t know what to do. It’s been about three weeks now and he has been good, except for the last two nights where he hasn’t gotten up to eat like he normally does when it’s time. I will be taking her to the vet today so they can see the change in her. Best wishes to you and your beloved boy. My husband figured this out because he works out of the house and when Tex starts his barking my husband will have to go out and get him to move. He often trembles. Ty in advance. On the Treatments page on this website, I include all of the treatments that have shown in studies that they may help. We hear him walking into walls and such and have found him stuck near a planter on the floor that he just stares blankly at. Watch the compilation of cute, funny and adorable pomeranian barking and howling. I’ve tried to just go to sleep and let him do what he wants to do but I can’t. There were some negative indicators I had not thought of, and some activities I was worried about that were put into perspective. 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