It’s just so heart breaking to see Alli the way she is and to have to make this decision is so painful. Your dog may walk around aimlessly, orient to the hinge side of a door to get let out, get stuck behind furniture or in corners, and stare at the wall. My senior chihuahua keeps falling in her water bowl so now she won’t risk it. I hope the Senilife makes a difference. Early signs was out of character grumpiness, growling etc We have also seen eye/ear vet, nephrologist vet, as well as behaviourist. I am worried that he will bite someone else. My wife is out of town and works in Pharma, not happy about this decision. Difficulties eating are pretty typical with dogs with dementia, although you are right that there could be another reason. He is eating but not as ravenously as before and without any enthusiasm. Its distressing me horribly to see her like that, im starting to wonder if I would be kinder to let her go but what if shes in there somewhere…. Anxiety Thank you for a great explanation. My mind tells me its his time, he has no quality of life left, but my heart wants my baby with me longer. This page makes me feel not quite so alone in coming up with yet new ways to deal with this (or being up all night …). So perhaps you could make a list of any symptoms that are out of the ordinary and take them to your vet? He was so lucky to fall into your hands! It is particularly challenging when the dog also has sensory difficulties. My year-and-a-half all of the sudden she just looks up in the air on both sides constantly like something is after her she’s never done it before until the other day what could it possibly be she is a fila. It’s hard to see my beautiful girl get so old, knowing she won’t be around forever. I used to check for Cricket’s breathing too. She has all the symptoms as Jorgette ‘s Sally except My Alli is blind and can;t hear which makes it double hard for her.I have been trying to make the awful decision for weeks now and after I read all the letters others wrote I see I’m not alone.With tears running down my face after I read Jorgettes letter I know now what I must do. He gets ‘lost’ in the garden, stands by open doors waiting to come in, he has ‘eaten’ the concrete edges of the fire place. The same holds true for a dog staring at a wall – it could involve a dog staring at nothing. In the last couple of weeks he’s seemed more distressed and it’s been much harder for me to help him calm down so I think his quality of life is degrading. It sounds like you are doing a great job with him and I hope he has plenty of good times left. Do they respond right away? I’m so sorry, Patti. A couple of weeks ago my dog, Scruffy, a 15 year old poodle terrier mix got out of bed and had a seizure. He is a Parson Russell who lives his walks. He takes Anipryl daily along with nutritional supplements. Thanks very much for sharing this knowledge – your pictures spoke volumes! Sheila. Sounds like a very good idea to have her on leash. Then we get the non-stop whining and crying. Pacing, getting stuck in furniture staring at corners etc. Thank you for your video its exactly what my 19 year old Scooter is doing, he has had a bad week, stuck more often but u still feel he has a quality of life, still looks forward to his treats, when dogs are your family it’s hard to watch them go through what my grandfather went through. His wound and labs are great but his behavior is bizarre. We took in a stray daschund. It ramped up quickly from barking at her, Rounding her up, to snapping at her, finally overnight he started attacking her so I sadly have had to seperate them for first time in 13yrs. I’m glad you have found a little comfort here. Love my Dago Boy. Good luck with your schnoodle. I can tell you love him and it’s good you are so patient with him. Circling. You can fill out this checklist to take to your vet. CCD is treatable, but there are also other diseases that can cause similar symptoms. He doesn’t play anymore but he loves his beds. I also say it in my book (since you bring that up) more than 20 times. Wishing you many more happy days with her. Best of luck! Other than that she is healthy. I don’t know if it’s an “official” symptom or not, but it could go alone with neurological deterioration. It’s the nights that get to him. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! It’s so important that people don’t jump to conclusions and you’re so right telling people to seek an official diagnosis I always say CCD is a diagnosis of exclusion. Last February her brother passed and health and mental health has drastically gone down hill. Reading this was extremely helpful in reassuring me that I made the right decision for my sweet boy and jopefully I can now begin healing from the loss of my sweet boy. Now this is a bit of a strange one! Thank you for this site, I really needed to read this today. I was completely good with continuing to care for her, but I felt like her quality of life had turned way down and it was only a matter of time–days probably–before she would be miserable. I’m glad you have a good vet and are speaking with them. He’d be agitated and I just didn’t realize it may have been signs he wasn’t feeling well months before! Amazon Affiliate I’m lost, I don’t know what to do. I would pick her up, hold her, and tried to make her anxiety less. Your dog should also respond immediately to your call. It’s so important to be able to compare notes with others and to see actual videos and photographs of another dog behaving just like mine. After all I have read hear, and the behaviors he’s displaying, I’m afraid that it could be CCD. >>EILEEN NARRATING: He has slept in bed with us for his entire life, but now wakes, jumps down, cries to be picked back up, and as soon as I have him back in bed, he jumps right back down and paces around the room. This website is supported by its readers. I posted but it seems to have disappeared. Hugs. Dear Carol, Set up your house to keep things safe for her. She eats but pushes the bowl around…I have it in corner. 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. I noticed my 14 year old cocker spaniel/eskie mix, Emma, is doing some things that she never did before. I know it’s time to helps him pass but I just cannot do it. There have been some studies and it hasn’t been proven to work. If you make a purchase from one of the links we will make a commission from Amazon. 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