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Bridget 12-29-2013 02:05 PM

Could my dog be getting dementia?
Heidi is 12 1/2 years old and she has always had a stubborn streak. Lately I have been noticing that her stubbornness seems to be increasing and I have commented that she won't do anything if it isn't her idea. For instance, she stands outside in the middle of the yard, no matter how cold it is (and it is REALLY cold today) and she refuses to come in. When I get my shoes on and go outside and get her, she lets herself be led in very docilely. I thought today that it is almost as if she doesn't remember what to do. Does dementia even really exist in dogs? Does this sound like Heidi could be in early stages of it? If so, what is she experiencing and how can I help her?

Mac's Mom 12-29-2013 03:19 PM

I don't senior dog kinda does what he pleases... just bumping the thread

JakodaCD OA 12-29-2013 04:02 PM

I think it does exist in senior dogs.

I have a 14 year old aussie, she's deaf, but still pretty 'sharp':) She eats like a pig, has some arthritis, but I do see she is off in lala land sometimes when she is outside..roams around, with no real purpose, I figure she's getting her exercise:) She still finds her way to the door to come in, I DO keep a close eye on her, I don't want her falling or getting stuck in something:) (My yard is fenced:)

Masi is a great babysitter and keeps an eye on her as well...

So yes, I do think they get kind of confused maybe? dementia? not sure what to call it:)

Magwart 12-29-2013 08:43 PM

That yard behavior could just be going deaf. My guy started to lose his hearing around 10, and he just didn't hear me any more when I called him to come in. When I went out and signed for him to follow me, he did. Could it be she's just looking at the birds and not hearing you?

Bridget 12-30-2013 02:12 PM

Well, no, because she is usually looking right at me! I have sometimes wondered if she is also losing her hearing though. She often ignores us, but my husband says she just has "selective hearing."

blackshep 12-30-2013 03:20 PM

My friend's dad's dog definitely had dementia, so it does happen

igottabecrazy 12-30-2013 03:32 PM

I think it is possible. I have a 12 year old Lab/BC mix. I believe she's got some dementia going on. Oftentimes she just stands - anywhere - and just looks lost. Kind of like the look we humans get when we go into a room to get something only to forget what it was.... I know her hearing is fine because when I whisper "walk" or "hungry" her ears go straight up. My Rott mix had some odd behavior near the end of his life as well. It's frustrating, especially when she comes to a dead stop right in front of me on a walk and I trip over her. I try to remember I will be old someday too.

Bridget 12-31-2013 10:09 AM

Stand there and looks lost....yes that is exactly what she does!

wolfy dog 12-31-2013 10:30 AM

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.

carmspack 12-31-2013 10:44 AM

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