The love of my life, Red, lived with dementia for 2 ½ years and I was always looking for ways to help relieve her dog dementia symptoms.
I’ve written a lot about my experiences and struggles with canine cognitive dysfunction. I say “my” because dementia doesn’t just affect your dog, it affects everyone living in the house and in your circle. … Read full post
Does any of this sound familiar?
Your senior dog has dementia and can’t stop circling or pacing
You are about to start campaigning for a ban on fireworks
The sound of rumblings in the sky sends you into a panic
Your dog is left out of family fun days because he can’t handle a car ride
It’s a wrestling match trying to take him or her to the vet
Your dog is destroying your home when left alone
You can’t find the “off” switch when he starts to bark
Don’t worry because help is finally here!… Read full post
It’s easy to assume that the changes older dogs experience are inevitable. While hard to believe, most dogs are considered “senior” around age seven, and around this time, may slow down, sleep more, play less and otherwise show signs of age. But older dogs that get exercise, mental stimulation and specially-formulated nutrition can avoid some of the physical and cognitive changes that can come along with age such as decreased lean muscle mass, reduced mobility, reduced metabolism and changes in mental sharpness.… Read full post
My name is Red, or Rosie as my wonderful mom likes to call me, and I am a dog with dementia.
Oh no, I haven’t even started my story yet and there she is with the waterworks already!
This morning my mom, Hindy, decided to write a follow up post about what it’s like living and caring for someone in my condition.… Read full post
I can’t think of anything more rewarding than making the last years of a pet’s life the absolute best they can be. There are many issues that may need to be addressed as our pets age, including mobility, pain, changes in vision and hearing, cognition or senility, dental care, incontinence, cancer, and changes in appetite and nutritional needs.… Read full post
Through a Dog’s Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion Review
The CD called Through a Dog’s Ear is incredible, and it helped me during some rough times. If, like me, you have a dog suffering from canine cognitive dysfunction (doggy dementia), your dog gets extremely stressed during thunderstorms, he’s cowering under the bed every time fireworks go off, or he’s suffering from separation anxiety, you’re going to want to read this review.… Read full post
Doggie dementia is not something everyone is familiar with, I wasn’t, and if that’s the case how do you even recognize if you have a dog with dementia?
There are a couple of important points I need to mention. First of all, many of the signs we attribute to “my dog is getting older and it’s normal” can actually be indicators that your dog is beginning to experience, or is already in an advanced state of, Canine Cognitive Disorder (CCD).… Read full post
Ever since Red was diagnosed 2 years ago, I’ve learned how many options there are to treat a dog with dementia.
When I first realised my sweet girl had dementia, (yes it was me my vet never mentioned the possibility), I was given a prescription only drug called Selgian, and told there was nothing else to treat her with.… Read full post
If you have a dog with dementia like I do, I hope you will find this post helpful. I had quite a struggle before Red was diagnosed (by me initially, then my vet agreed), and I know how tough it can be to handle, so I wrote this post all about how I care for my dog in the hopes it will help others. … Read full post
Dementia, senility or Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) – whatever you call it, dementia in dogs does exist.
It’s probably sounding a bit scary but don’t worry, I’m going to walk you through what this is, how it’s diagnosed, and the treatment options available. One thing I always like to mention that is relevant for all pets, but seniors in particular, is the importance of keeping an eye out for changes in behaviour.… Read full post