I also say it in my book (since you bring that up) more than 20 times. The clearest of them all being that we are both subject to the symptoms of. Tears are flowing as I write this. Also, if you haven’t looked at the Quality of Life Scale (linked on the “When to Say Goodbye” page, do take a look. When the behavior seems to repeat itself is when you need to start paying attention. Recently his was diagnosed with ccd and put on selegiline. I hope you can talk to your vet about Tucker. He got stuck in places like under the table or behind chairs and would start going around in circles. I adopted her 8 yrs ago heartworm positive and got through that (she was overly hyper and difficult to keep her calm). Your dog may not want to walk and you may find them just wanting to stare at the wall. Talk to your vet about treatment. i wish i could just click my fingers and it be happening to me instead. It is as though we have a 2 year old we are constantly watching. I have been feeling guilty for even considering ending her life as she still “functions.” But, reading your article about euthanizing Cricket, really helped me understand that, while Sadie may seem to be functioning, her quality of life is poor. Is There a Ghost? If you identify any additional signs of pests in your home, congratulations, you’ve probably cracked the case of your dog staring! Of course, a lot of dog staring is exactly what it seems — an expression of love. I know i’m going have to make the decision soon. I have experienced all imaginable dog problems and now, having retired I spend my days helping people to stop dog behavior problems. While shakiness is a common aspect of dog behavior in old age, a dog who is dying may experience severe muscle twitching or mild convulsions. Her breathing is strong and steady, although her gait is not. I’m so glad the site helped. I’m sorry about those hard nights; that sounds hard on everybody. 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. This is a very tough disease to deal with. It organizes the different issues in a helpful way. You may also notice ear or nose bleeding. That’s some complex treatment and it sounds like you’ve done a great job keeping him comfortable. We keep the floors covered with newspaper for any accidents. I took her to the vet as she got stuck behind the toilet and it’s the fist time she had done anything like this. Hugs. I’m so glad I came across your website. What can this be? 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. But with dementia, you just don’t know. I miss her wagging tail the most. I’m not making any suggestions; just clarifying. I’ve found her there several x’s when we get home…. The clearest of them all being that we are both subject to the symptoms of aging. Happy Fit Dog is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon. I have a 16 year old shitzu that is blind n she puts her self up against walls n just stays ther n also in corners n also stuck in between furniture what do u think we should do out her down in which I’m not for cause I don’t think she is suffering correct me if I’m wrong please. I was gifted with an uncanny ability to connect with animals. Brilliant! Have you talked to your vet about this? They may tend to stay awake at night, versus sleeping. Dogs are great companions. CCD is treatable, but there are also other diseases that can cause similar symptoms. That is really hard, I know. I only take him out when the weather is nice now. Is this too much? Blessings Barbaraxx. At this point although his life is clearly severely impacted by the CCD and the IVDD but he does have many moments of peace. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'happyfitdog_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_21',114,'0','0'])); Let’s discuss these possibilities in more detail below and review other less common causes as well. (this breed is very quick to housebreak) He also has some hearing loss, odd way of standing, unsteady gait, stares into mirrors. Your article and videos have been very helpful and it has given me strength to deal with Bugs. Also, she has cataracts and is deaf for about 4 years. We start adding salmon oil to her food and drops of vitamins with iiron. I think it is the very hardest when the dog doesn’t have any obvious physical problems. Any ideas? It’s truly a sad thing to watch. We have a 15 year old Shiba Inu, named Sadie. They were helpful. A Quick and Easy Raw and Cooked Natural Diet for Dogs; Diarrhea, IBS, and Leaky Gut Syndrome; View All Courses. Other than that she is healthy. My 12 yr. Maltese was diagnosed last year with dementia. When you see your dog staring at the wall, try, . I understand how just a bit of support from others going through this can help. Take care. That’s my point of view and others may disagree. About. In those years, she never spent a night without us. He has nearly all the syptoms of this horrible condition BUT he’s still a very healthy little ‘furrybutt’ as my son Steven called him when we got him from the dog pound so many many years ago. The Prednisone made him depressed and after taking his pill he would just lay there for hours… It was $90 a month… I slowly tapered him off all meds keeping the Prednisone on hand just in case… (I DON’T NOT recommend doing this without first talking with your vet) he is med free and his happy self again for 6mo now… Still have the Prednisone just in case!!! He’s not realllythat old . Eileen. So I put him in my lap to try and calm him, but he was just tense, nervous and wouldn’t lay down completely. 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. I will call for her, she will come running, turn around and run right back to the pillow. As you say, it is terribly hard. But we can see a continued decline. I sadly had to put him down as I knew that it was hopeless. He has fallen in the pool and gets stuck in corners and barks. You might want to check with a vet behaviorist. Thank you so much. A few instances of wall-staring isn’t alarming, but be sure to take a mental note of the frequency, in case it increases and indicates more than just a thoughtful Fido. Gwen and Micah, My chihuahuA 10 year old n im.starting to notice him starting to stare at nothing n he’s more over protect of me n mood swings. She is now blind and deaf, but has a healthy appetite and still loves to play, but I see the changes, the sleeping all the time, doesn’t like going outdoors any longer, probably due to being blind and deaf now. 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. Our vet checked him over and he’s absolutely fine health wise. Nowadays she drifts away and seems to forget what she was doing. Yes, that does sound like very fast development of symptoms. Thanks. Is there anything that can help him other than the Trazadone? That’s what I did when my little Cricket forgot how to drink water. I hope Duke is still with you and having good days. We have an eight year old English Springer Spaniel the sporting dog. He then got aggressive towards our other dog, they have been housemates for 13yrs since she was a baby, they have slept together always. The blood work came back fine…. They include the dog getting stuck behind things; forgetting what she is doing and (poignantly) repeatedly greeting her human after she forgets where she was; getting confused about the door; and circling. She is a small stocky dog with legs of a kangaroo. My question is – should I crate him when I leave the house? For instance, some of the symptoms of dementia are the same as for vestibular disease, liver problems, brain tumors, and even tickborne illnesses. This is quite creepy, but not likely the cause of the, Staring into space is only one behavior that must be compared among others to differentiate between possible causes. First health wise, no interest in food or water, then sleepy all the time. We didn’t know that was what we were seeing because his behavior has always been a little quirky, but now that we have a better understanding we can support him better. And there is the Quality of Life Scale which I think can be helpful. Good luck and I hope you get an answer. He also does this in the middle of the night. I find him becoming more anxious then he was (he has always been a nervous dog.) If it helps anyone else, the sleep cycle management has at least stopped her being up all night, I try periods of activity during the day, even if it is just finding food ( doesn’t do toys anymore), trip in the car or short sniff out in a field for 5 -10 minutes, then an awake period until 10 or 11 pm so she stopped being up all night and now sleeps when I do. I’m sorry for my late response. And they also love attention. I’m glad if the site is helpful. Not many people understand the great love we can have for our furry babies. When I ask her if she wants to go out and she is in my bedroom she sometimes goes to the corner of my room towards where my TV is and seems to just look around. We put her on medication, no change. He wanders through my legs when I am walking. My dog stands still and stares - Answered by a verified Dog Veterinarian We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our website. Is it appropriate to tell the vet we don’t want further testing? eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'happyfitdog_com-narrow-sky-2','ezslot_20',125,'0','0'])); A state of depression could be caused by a major life change, like the passing of their human or canine companions. My little mini doxie, Zoey, is only 4 yrs old, and within the last year has had 3 episodes having some of the symptoms shown in the video, and spoken about in comments posted. Now he is showing signs of bladder issues (ie holding his urine) and getting lost in a room. P.S. Thinking of you and Ginger. At first I thought she was having trouble jumping up, but she gets I my husband’s much larger chair when we’re not at home. I mean, sometimes pups will stand somewhere in a house and bark at seemingly nothing. Thank You However, she has also stopped eating and barely drinking. The symptoms are similar to what you would see in a human with. A 15 year old rescue miniature poodle and a 14 year old standard poodle. Only a vet can tell. Good luck. […] Canine cognitive dysfunction (“Doggie Dementia”) […]. Thank you so much for the videos! But that is a symptom I would discuss with a vet. I am glad I read this site, although I didn’t realize there is meds for cognitive issues. I believe she thinks anytime someone comes to pick her up that they are taking her to breed. Tammy, I wish I could help, but that’s a medical question, it sounds like. If your dog is walking in circles, please see your vet right away. We just started her on Senilife and are in hopes we can bring her back, cognitively, for as long as possible. I just hope I do the right thing for her. I asked her many times if she could have something else other than cancer (besides the obvious dog dementia). happens to be the most common neurological disorder in dogs. >>EILEEN NARRATING: ? I prepared myself and cried all weekend but I do not want him to suffer, low and behold we come home on Monday and he is his old self and eating and drinking and barking and bouncing…he also stares long periods at walls and wanders around but know i think I understand the cause of this. are dogs love us more than we will ever know …. She especially couldn’t get in dog beds correctly and would stop and rest in very strange positions sometimes. Be sure and talk to your vet about Maisy so you can get a certain diagnosis. I know it’s time to helps him pass but I just cannot do it. My Jack Russell of (only) 15 has been on a steady cognitive decline for the past year and some months. Reviews. Thank you, for your uplifting care and thoughts. I took him back to animal er and the vet told me that the barking was coming from a neurological problem. It is nice to know there are others who are dealing with this and can offer support and advice. It’s estimated that 28% of older dogs have this condition. It’s quite heartbreaking. Do vets do a blood test for it? We now need to pay more attention to Bernard and try to work out what his quality of life is and perhaps make that decision that we know we don’t want to make. These past couple months have been very tough as my grandma just passed away last month and now I am having to deal with the high probability of my best four legged friend passing away soon. Sundowning in people is controversial, with some dissent about the causes. Good luck with your terrier mix. Many of us have gone through that up and down. Frankly Parkinsons is in my family and I’ve seen it manifest in my Mom and Uncle. I’m lost, I don’t know what to do. Thanks again for all the info you provided! Difficulties eating are pretty typical with dogs with dementia, although you are right that there could be another reason. I’m sure you will make the right decision for Freddie; it’s clear you love him so much. Hi Barbara He is now blind and deaf. Hi Hilda, We to have a 17 year old Westie that gradually has developed this disease and does everything cricket is doing, he weighs 17.5 lbs from 19 a year ago and our vet. I hope he and you have some good times left. This website is supported by its readers. He still knows to go out and when to come for his treats. She won’t eat the pumpkin to help with loose stool, lastly she has symptoms of dementia, some days are better then others, I am struggling with putting her to sleep but she has list the gleam in her eyes. In the afternoons when she wakes up, she sometimes will pace the house non-stop. He has ‘accidents’ (which I don’t mind cleaning up) even though we leave a light and radio on to make things as normal as possible. A vet could give you both an idea of whether your dog is in pain or discomfort. I hope you are at peace with whatever decisions you make. Wow! Why does my dog stare at me while he poops? As he he gets more tired he gets stuck more often and keeps slipping. Enjoy every moment and know, that they don’t live long but if all they touch are happier for it, is that not the purpose of life!? I’m afraid for a vet to tell me it is time. Next, you can try. If your senior dog has started doing some of the things shown in these images, see your veterinarian right away. All of a sudden she’ Go to this one spot in the apartment, sit down and not move. We have 3 labs, the oldest of whom is only 5 1/2. Contact your emergency vet line and take action without pause. This type of seizure is called a focal seizure or partial seizure. I know how hard it is. She also has some kind of internal mass but due to her age nit much can be done, we dont know it this is causing her problems, she has lost weight, you can see her ribs, will only eat organic chicken nuggets, Vet said give her what she wants at this point. She doesn’t sleep much…Her appetite is good, she drinks water, but is really not as wiggly and friendly as she used to be. And yes, cats can get dementia too. She tells me no but I insist to refer me to a specialist. 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. I’m heartbroken to see her like this.. We are struggling with the knowledge and that we must let her go in peace. With an affectionate stare, a dog will have a soft expression on his face with his eyes slightly squinted. If it helps to know, I haven’t heard of dementia that early. Thank you for your site. However, he goes for at least two walks a day with my other dog and they walk about 3 miles a day total, he does fine on his walks. And the way I see her condition, is no different than if I was talking about my mother or husband— I WOULD CERTAINLY NOT PUT THEM DOWN BECAUSE OF DEMENTIA ALONE. She never shows emotion. I often tell her , I love her and thanks for the happy years she has given me. I mentioned it to my vet but because Daisy is nearly impossible to get drugs into (I don’t know what happened to her in the past, but you can’t touch her mouth [sends her into a panic], and she chews everything very carefully so there’s no hiding pills unless they’re tiny) we decided not to try to medicate her. I’m so flattered that you have asked me. She won't move, just stares and doesn't pay attention to me. Thank you for a great explanation. Hi Pat, If you notice any combination of these symptoms in your aging pup, take them to visit the vet. My little Cricket lived for a long time with dog dementia. His quality of life is better now that he is on medication, at least I think it is, he may say something different if he could. He doesn’t appear to be in any pain, but it is hard to watch him confused, wandering and especially getting stuck. Dear Andrea, I took a video of her and showed it to our veterinarian. First, you must understand that barking is a natural function in the canine world. I appreciate you sharing your experience and helping us learn. Would your husband respond to that? oh my… I am facing this tough decision with 2 babies. He has all the other symptoms, like getting stuck or lost, forgetting things and peeing in the hose after 16yrs of not doing it. Our dog Brittany a Bull Mastiff had a bump removed from the top of her head on Monday 8/27. What did they say? Dr. Ricci, Stephanie, the tech that Sally loved, stayed with us through the process, for Sally. He seems to be at the early stages so no messing in the house or getting stuck behind furniture yet but he shows all of the other signs. My husband and I did not know what to do. Hugs. The dog will display. Thanks very much for sharing this knowledge – your pictures spoke volumes! Itd be best for her. Dogs are smart!   We are going to take her to the vet, but they want us to capture the next episode on video for them first. Just started Selegilene yesterday and understand this can take a while to have an effect. I hope you can get a little comfort from the other stories in the comments. Ideally, this guide will help you rule in or rule out certain conditions for your pet and allow you to decide whether or not a trip to the vet is in need. Thanks for letting me know I am not going through this alone. He will still come when I call him, however there are times that even if I’m looking at him and calling him he’ll just stare back at me and tip his head, and then eventually will slowly come to me. Big question …was this a hasty diagnosis? Glad to help! Your dog’s sleeping habits might change. I know how distressing it is when there is something off with your dear dog and you can’t fix it or even figure out what it is. Several water bowls is a great idea. It would be much easier to care for them, but for this reason, we must stay vigilant owners. I really try to help about this. As the year progressed it only got worse. 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. Your dog is so lucky to be loved and cared for by someone who is taking his needs and quality of life so seriously. Hugs to you. A vet can ask you some questions and start to work on a diagnosis. He knows what this one particular dog means to me. After all, your attention is exactly what he wanted! The end tables are also in the formal dining room (she was getting stuck under chairs and table legs. My 16 year old Jack Russell Terrier is doing exactly what you show. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Like you, though, I do hope it’s age-related. He does the laying on the floor barking too. He’s always been a bit of a “whiny wiener”, but lately it’s gotten worse. I am not sure how old he is but he is definitely not a puppy! His eating has recently started to become an issue and he has started to knock over the food bowl looking for more food. Lucy, my dog walks 12 to 14 hours at least around the house in circles a day. I love websites like this one that give pet parents options and a way to share stories/tips— every little bit helps. Thank you. And he will sometimes walk around confused, walking behind the sofa where he never has before. We had a bearded collie who had dementia that was diagnosed, but his symptoms were completely different than Tuckers, so I’m not sure. Every tiny noise causes him to jump and move. A couple of weeks ago my dog, Scruffy, a 15 year old poodle terrier mix got out of bed and had a seizure. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have just lost my 2 granddogs, Mia & Petey, in the last 2 months, one due to heart issues, one to CCD. I know the decision is near, life is very hard with her at the moment. A calm and relaxed dog may just be thinking when they stare at a wall. For example, they can hear high frequency sounds that we are unable to detect. When a dog has ingested something hazardous, you will also see lethargy and sedation, a spacey look, vomiting, nausea, and other symptoms. I hope you can see your vet about that. If you suspect this to be the cause of your dog staring at nothing, contact your vet to begin intervention as soon as possible. For me, Cricket didn’t give me a sign she was ready or anything like that (I don’t think dogs always or even often do that), but she was getting more and more frail. Your dog’s case is too complicated for us lay people here on this site to speculate about. I discourage people from suggesting meds and supplements here, unless they are vets themselves. Thank you so much for all your help and information, it has really helped me and will help my dog Mr Chips. PTSD? He has severe arthritis in his back, so he is on pain meds for that, and I give him trazadone to help with sleep. She always waits by the door when I go to another room. If it is all possible to consult with a veterinary behaviorist (it’s a medical specialty among vets)? Please let me know if that medication helps?? What we do have now though is the staring at nothing, sleeping all the time. I am beginning to think she doesn’t recognise me much, but loves a pat from that nice stranger in the house ….until I go to the loo when she wedges her self in between the toilet and the wall – its kind of sweet and many of the behaviours are endearing but good to know what I am dealing with xx. The videos and pictures have been very helpful. They will respond to their name when called or shift their gaze when you attempt to get their attention. He has recently had trouble walking and has accidents in the house. Barking for no reason, won’t sit still like he used to but paces instead. 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