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01-02-2014 02:43 PM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom Our lab /pit Dodger had episodes where he would be lost in the yard and couldnt find his way from one room to another. Ive seen dementia like symptoms in older dogs. Daisy was having some episodes of, for lack of a better word,diconnectiveness and also barking at nothing. Dodger would go outside but couldnt figure out how to come back in as well and would need to be lead in. If Heidi's hearing is worsening that to could explain her not coming in when called but willingly coming when led. Many times if hearing is going the dog may act more panicky since their not getting sensory feedback from the enviroment.
01-02-2014 11:31 AM
Bridget I appreciate all the comments.

Carmen, my dogs were all on Nu-Pro Silver supplement and it has the fatty acids, etc. that you referred to. Last month, I ran out and on account of the holidays and all, I haven't ordered anymore. Perhaps this is part of Heidi's problem. I will get that ordered right away!

Ranger, Thanks for the insight about hearing loss. I see now how deafness might cause her confusion. It is definitely something to think about.
12-31-2013 07:38 PM
Stevenzachsmom Definitely could be dementia. My old girl often seemed confused. Her vision and hearing were also bad. I have known people who had problems with their senior cats as well - acting afraid in a familiar setting and failure to use the litter pan. Very sad when our seniors get this way.
12-31-2013 07:24 PM
LeoRose Yes, she definitely could be going senile. My Rattie was pretty bad for a while, as he was starting to get senile, and went almost completely deaf and blind practically overnight. He has adjusted to the blindness and deafness, but can still "get lost", and wind up stuck in a corner somewhere.

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction - Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
12-31-2013 01:40 PM
carmspack in today's paper , Toronto Star
Drs Oz and Roizen column -- re memory loss and Alzheimer's type dementia -- article ends with this " as for what can help prevent Alzheimer's-associated brain degeneration , one possibility is to protect your gut-brain axis. An imbalance of intestinal bacteria may influence brain function; it also can affect your immune system and new research indicates that an immune protein C1g, may play some role in degenerative brain disease. So, nuture your gut bacteria with physical activity , stress reduction ...... avoid unnecessary anti bioitics and try taking a probiotic"
12-31-2013 11:22 AM
Rangers_mom Also I would agree with the others that it may be a loss of hearing. I have found that I need to lead my older dog around like you have described and I think that it is a combination of poor hearing and confusion. Perhaps the confusion is in part caused by the poor hearing and eyesight. Imagine if you were watching your loved one talk to you and you could not hear the words. I think that would make you a little nervous and confused.
12-31-2013 11:17 AM
Rangers_mom In our family we call it dogzheimer's. We had a little Aussie that lived to be 16 yo. At theend of her life she suffered from dementia at times. I remember that my husband went away on business for a week. When he came back she initially greeted him. Then about an hour later she started barking at him like she didn't know him at all. Then a few hours later she acted like she was greeting him again for the first time, very excited to see him. Our current Aussie is 12 yo but he is huge so he I think he is aging faster. He doesn't stand around looking blankly in to space too often, instead he gets all panicky. He seems confused and scared and he paces and pants. It makes me feel awful. I tlaked to the vet and she prescribed xanax for when it gets bad. Luckily we haven't needed it yet. It still happens a few times a day but so far the episodes have been short (less than an hour.) i figure if it lasts more than an hour I will try the xanax so hopefully he will stop suffering.
12-31-2013 10:44 AM
carmspack improve diet with essential fatty acids , omega 3 , particularly sourced from fish oil -- coconut oil is brain beneficial. Anti aging antioxidants. Minerals . Vitamin B 12 (nutritional yeast / torula yeast) , lecithin either non-gmo soy sourced or better yet sourced from sunflower seeds -- or add sunflower seed flour which is also providing full vitamin E.
12-31-2013 10:30 AM
wolfy dog It definitely exists. A few weeks ago I had to say goodbye to my 14 year old due to severe dementia. He forgot his house training (was physically healthy), was constantly following me around to the point of getting tired, walking circles on the rug without a purpose. He would wander away from us so he had to be on leash at all times. We lost all contact with him. I could have lived with all that if it weren't for the constant peeing in the house.
12-31-2013 10:09 AM
Bridget Stand there and looks lost....yes that is exactly what she does!
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