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Old 10-16-2018, 03:52 PM
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Help! Doggie Dementia/anxiety/old age

I have an 11 year old rat terrier. About 6 months ago he started howling every time I left the room. This went on all night etc etc. He became so anxious he began chewing his feet so badly that one of them bled and had to be stiched up. After a vet visit we it was determined that his blood work was all good but he is almost completely blind and getting worse by the day.


Since no one in the house was getting any sleep- Constant howling etc... the vet prescribed Prozac. 1/2 a tablet did nothing.. they bumped it up to 1 table per day.. The night time howling has gotten better but I don't know what happens during the day.


My poor doggie is still in a cone and it has been over 2 months since his foot injury.. every time I try to take it off he chews so much he bleeds. Other things happening .. he gets stuck in corners, under chairs. Can't get up one stair to get outside anymore. I have to carry him. He walks right off of furniture.. cause he can't see. So he can't go on the bed or couch anymore. He shakes and just falls over.. no balance at all. He will poop in his bed area most days.. (gated off part of the kitchen ) and just step in it all day.. it gets everywhere.. he does a lot of pacing around.. can't sit still.. a lot of whining..


some say it's time to put him down? What do you think? Not sure if he has the best quality of life right now but is there something I have not tried?
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I have an 11 year old rat terrier. About 6 months ago he started howling every time I left the room. This went on all night etc etc. He became so anxious he began chewing his feet so badly that one of them bled and had to be stiched up. After a vet visit we it was determined that his blood work was all good but he is almost completely blind and getting worse by the day.


Since no one in the house was getting any sleep- Constant howling etc... the vet prescribed Prozac. 1/2 a tablet did nothing.. they bumped it up to 1 table per day.. The night time howling has gotten better but I don't know what happens during the day.


My poor doggie is still in a cone and it has been over 2 months since his foot injury.. every time I try to take it off he chews so much he bleeds. Other things happening .. he gets stuck in corners, under chairs. Can't get up one stair to get outside anymore. I have to carry him. He walks right off of furniture.. cause he can't see. So he can't go on the bed or couch anymore. He shakes and just falls over.. no balance at all. He will poop in his bed area most days.. (gated off part of the kitchen ) and just step in it all day.. it gets everywhere.. he does a lot of pacing around.. can't sit still.. a lot of whining..


some say it's time to put him down? What do you think? Not sure if he has the best quality of life right now but is there something I have not tried?
I'm so sorry that you and your boy are going through that!

That sounds a lot like my old boy Shadow towards the last 6 or so months of his life. He had gone blind due to a stroke, had anxiety when I had to leave him alone (the lessened as time went on) I had to time potty breaks perfectly of he'd pee where he stood, and then the Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (dementia) steadily got worse. He'd aimlessly pace at night, and would at times get stuck in corners. He also steadily got weaker and would have trouble getting up if he was laying down. I had to kennel him once during that time and the kennel reported that they had to wash his feet multiple times a day because he'd soil the kennel then pace through the mess over and over in his aimless wandering.

I learned to manage what was going on, and do not regret doing that. What I regret is not putting him down the week I noticed he had very little appetite. I opted to try the medicine that the vet prescribed to try and get him eating again. He never regained his appetite and died a week later. He taught me that it's better to put them to sleep 1 day to soon, then to wait a day too late. He taught me that sometimes it's best to just let them go, rather then trying everything under the sun to save them when they are that old.

This is a book I'd recommend to anyone that has a dog with canine cognitive dysfunction, I really wish I had it when I had Shadow. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1943634017
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