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Older dog behaviour

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Labelle, Sep 4, 2018.


  1. Labelle

    Labelle PetForums Newbie

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    Hello, my Jack Russell is 14 years old and in good health, except now totally deaf. In the past year her behaviour has totally changed, I hate to say senile, but I suppose it's that. She goes absolutely mad scratching at her bean bag bed, stares into space (altho that could be the deafness too) and is generally no longer affectionate. She cries constantly and this is what bothers me: she's fed, walked lots and given lots of attention, but I can't comfort her, or get her to stop. It's just so sad. Does anyone have any suggestions please?
     
  2. kittih

    kittih PetForums VIP

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    Has she seen a vet recently. If not it would be good to get a check up. She could have canine dementia but it's also worth checking for other illnesses many of which are treatable.

    There are some medications that can help with cognitive decline eg vivitonin so it's worth having a chat with your vet to discuss options
     
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    I agree that she may well have dementia.

    You need to see your Vet and take his advice.
     
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  4. Labelle

    Labelle PetForums Newbie

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    Hi and thank you both for your replies. It's true she's had physical check ups but I haven't mentioned that to the vet. Just want to know if anybody has seen similar things and found a way to calm her when she's doing this behaviour
    Thanks
     
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    It might be that medication can help ..... speak to your vet.
     
  6. SusieRainbow

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    My 14 yr old dog is currently taking Logic Senilife which seems to help her alertness, I think she's slightly deaf too. Coconut oil is said to be helpful in cognitive impairment as well.
    It's hard to see the changes isn't it ! I agree , a vet check would ve helpful to address your concerns , there are medical treatments and supplements that can improve quality of life.
     
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    Linda Weasel PetForums VIP

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    I've had a couple of dogs who have got to the 'senile' age, and also went deaf.
    There is medication, as said previously, that may help in some situations, and a lot of the weird and out of character behaviour can be 'managed'.
    However, when and if the lack of cognition becomes distressing for the dog then it's time to have a think about quality of life.
     
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