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But he didn’t want massages anymore. To let him rest, I separated him and our other dog. Not sure if its due to DCD or the Dementia so He forgets where he is and paces from 5 am to 1 am. I have had her since her birth and we had so many wonderful memories together.I am unable to make up my mind to put her down. When we got her 10 years ago Terra had been terribly traumatized so her dementia symptoms did not seem too out of the ordinary. What a lucky little dog Montana Sky was for having you. Roberta. I felt I was being selfish thinking about having him put to sleep, now I’m wondering if I’m the selfish one not having it done. if I was there and close to her she was better. She was cognitively impaired, after all. We have a vet appointment in a few days. I have two young kids at home and he gets very spooked when they accidentally bump him or if they try to pet him. I am sitting here, however, wavering on whether or not to cancel the appointment. I know he is in a better place. I cradled our boy in my arms the day before and day of and wouldn’t put him down. Hello Susan, Our Darla was a rescue. Because of this, I called the vet today and made an appointment to end Livingston’s pain tomorrow. Bless you for your loving care for Boomer. Fell in the pool got confused i pulled him out. He can’t see or hear anymore. I have been in despair for a couple years knowing her time was coming. I had my old girl sedated before euthanasing her,the reasons many.Old dogs can have poor veins and As soon as the medication was in her system, she collapsed and passed away. Perhaps I shouldn’t have let my going away influence the timing? I’ve honestly never met or heard of a dog as fearful as he is. Finding your web sight has really helped me through this process and finding some peace. Dementia has taken her from me already but her peace I hope to give back to her. But you memory remains. Please please help. Dog Dementia or Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), an umbrella term for four separate cognitive forms, is an age-related neurobehavioral syndrome in dogs leading to a decline in cognitive function that can be devastating to the human/canine relationship. Although she isn’t blind, she has a lot of trouble with her eyes and gets tremors/ticks with a lot of discharge. It is hard, I still miss her. Dear Shona, In life I loved you dearly Thank you for your story. It always leaves me a bit gobsmacked. I’m glad the site has been a comfort to you. I share that only to say you will remember every moment and despite how hard it is and will be, these are the moments of your little one’s journey in this world. That doesn’t seem to be affecting my other dog but I was just wondering. It is breaking my heart. The anguish I feel is breaking my heart, Oh Patrick, my heart goes out to you. It’s hard when they’re older and they develop so many ailments. Thank you again for putting into words what a lot of dog us lovers never even considered as an end of life issue. I can’t imagine they’d ever want to leave us anymore than we want them to go. My Gucci is 18 he was in great shape a year a go physically. It sounds like the way most of us would want to go. It was the most precious moment of my life.” Take in every moment, let the love and pain wash over you, and remind Beasle through touch and sound how very loved he is and how it is okay for him to now move on. My teenage boys and my wife don’t want to see him like this anymore. Those things, and this isn’t the right word to use at all, are “easier”. I want someone to tell me what to do. Mark,so sorry to hear about Riley peace be with you.My little buddy Oscar of 16.5 years crossed over the rainbow bridge 13 weeks ago I know the pain you feel.I miss him so much but in the end it was the right decision.GOD BLESS EVERYONE AND OUR BEAUTIFUL PETS.WE MISS YOU, Dear Mark, Prayers for you all as you walk through this challenging decision also. She is also too loyal to die. All ready the house feels empty without him. He still knew us but you could just tell he was miserable.The house is so quiet and empty without him but we are having fewer “cry’s” and more good memories.We have his ashes and memorial displayed and know for Buddy we did the right thing.We miss you Buddy Boy. You did the right thing from what it sounds like and that cannot have been an easy decision. We’d been thinking about how much longer he was going to live and I think I glazed over all the signs thinking that since he looked good and was still eating and drinking he was ok. It was so painful to see him like this. I came to this forum 18 months ago when I had to make the heart wrenching decision to let my over 16 year old westie go. Although tears are flowing down my face as I write this- I know he doesn’t deserve this quality of life. She had seemed so perfect at times and others she would appear as if she was blind or deaf. I also plan to ask our vet about a possible anti-anxiety medication to use before bedtime. He was so full of life and still eats like a horse but he has dementia and circles more and more his health is declining I am having a hard time making the end decision to have him put to sleep. There is no right or wrong decision, it’s what you feel in your heart to be the best for your fur baby. There is so much emotion and pain and sadness we all share. He was in very bad shape after a dental procedure about a year ago, and literally was chewing paint off the walls and eating rocks and other inedible things. My advice to people struggling with the decision is too do what’s best for your 4 legged family member. Just so sorry you are having to make it. Despite a normal appetite, she has lost muscle mass along her spine and her hindquarters. Often he walks into his food because his sense of smell and his eye site are bad. I feel guilty when I get upset but I just don’t know what to do. and perhaps .. time for a new pair of pups in my house Given Prozac but only on it for 5 days. Cricket was a robust little thing. And then there’s the difficult choice you may have to make about euthanasia – when should you put down a dog with Alzheimer’s? an 8 year old hound mix, to the door in the morning to go potty – I now have to pick him up from wherever he has wandered off to and take him to the door, coaxing him to go outside. My son hugged him. Over the last year she exhibited the excessive circling, getting stuck, and her back legs giving out. I haven’t stopped thinking about all of the “what-ifs”. We put him down. Would just aimlessly walk around the house. I hope they aren’t all THIS hard. What if it was from the meds n if we tried different we could have more time? Thank YOU ALL & my heartfelt sympathies right back at YOU ALL! I have been tortured over the past 3 weeks, trying to decide what to do. She was my childhood dog – I got her when I was 11 and have as to deal with a grandparent with dementia and although it might seem like a strange comparison, if I could get rid of my own memories of her when she was suffering and remember her as she was, I would in a heartbeat. Thank you Eileen. Becky,I will be praying for you,peace be with you and your family.It’s so hard to go through., We had to put my baby Darla down last Wednesday. My 15 year old Shihtzu was diagnosed about 6 months ago and we are now noticing a decline. One of the early stages of grief is denial. Thank you for sharing about your wonderful Abby, and I’m glad you feel clear about this hard decision. I would ask yourself one question, are there moments of true happiness in the course of your pets’ day (not primal instincts like eating)? Who rescued who, I wonder??? This is hard because you want to do what is best for the dog but putting her down so fast is not always fair to the dog but it might be just more convenient for the human but she always cries not knowing if she wants food, in pain or is she just confused? Take care. We tried a lot of meds anipryl trazodone cbd oil senilife etc. I am agonising about making the decision but this post brought me a lot of relief and peace and as you said, a week too early is better than a day too late. The Vet had said it would last maybe two weeks. Still a really calm dog and didn’t really care for walks which was so weird to me. I’m afraid she does it the whole day. For me, it took the possibility of her injuring herself and dying a potentially painful death alone while I was at work to push me to that choice. I find myself bursting into tears at random thoughts. I involved others opinions and the thing that helped me most was to accept that I would suffer for So I maybe know a little of how hard it can be. I didn’t let him inside that night because I wanted him to sleep in his dog house that he use to love. Dear Lynne, Please, any advice would be so so helpful. I just want you to know reading this article I think has helped me tremendously in my guilt-ridden reluctance to let my little girl go after 2 1/2 yrs in this battle with CCD. My heart goes out to you, Pam. I don’t know for sure if what he has now is still vertigo but he doesn’t walk straight. Through observation, I determined that she wasn’t bothered by her decline. Again, thank you for sharing your and Buddy’s story. sounds healthy. She doesn’t seem to “attack” her food anymore, but will still beg when we are eating. Still so hard. He too had rear end weakness and muscle wasting and soon was having difficulty walking. I know how tremendously hard it is. She also whines and barks at nothing. I too had my dog oscar of sixteen and a half years old euthanized due to dementia on Dec.8.I miss him so much.He was my life.I feel so guilty because I picked the day and time but he just wasn’t himself,the playing stopped,the long walks we had together got shorter and shorter,he would sleep alot and would be up alnight.He would stair at the wall or go into a corner and sit.I cry and think of him all the time.The last 8 months of his life is when I really started to noticed changes in him,the groomer had a hard time cutting his hair,I really think he didn’t know who I was.We had a good time together,I sure hope i did the right thing.I’m so sad right now. I love your website and your story and your advice and all the commenters who’ve contributed their stories, too. I want to say to anyone else out there struggling with this most difficult choice that the words that most comforted me were “better a week too early than a day too late”. They are all different. WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO HAVE OUR BEST FRIENDS PAST TO LIVE ON IN OUR MEMORIES!! It’s so very, very hard. I hope you and your roommate can be on the same page about what’s best for your 18 1/2 year old. As this is a sensitive process, it’s crucial that you know how to euthanize a dog at home without a vet, and what your best options are. I will email you too in case you don’t see this response. Perhaps that’s the ultimate price we pay for all those years of unconditional love and companionship. Roberta, Dear LISA, know that MONTANA SKY is romping over the Rainbow Bridge and at peace. Ariel has always been strong, stubborn and independent, and like your Cricket, started to deteriorate cognitively. He never apologized for giving her pain.The Vet tech was more kind over my loss! Then after graduating, I lived on my own. I’m so sorry you are going through this with Button. Her appetite is very hearty, eats like she is starving, but is all skin and bones. He loved his leash! He paces, gets stuck in corners, and has been having accidents inside the house. It’s still hard and I will miss him every day for the rest of my life but I will see him again, I have loved him many times in many different forms, life after life, forever. My thoughts are with YOU & YOURS! He developed demetia. God bless you! I had gotten it ahead of time for when I would have to take her to get euthanized. Danielle, Dearest Amy & Family, Hugs. I apologize for this very late response. About 40% of the time he tumbles down steps or off the couch when trying to get up. Know that some of us here understand this kind of pain. My father passed away with dementia. My dog is 16 and half years old now. I don’t know. Hugs. My 19 year old daughter is coming home this Thursday to say her final goodbyes. Wouldn’t greet us when we got home, never wagged his little tail, no more kisses, did sit shake or lay down. She keeps falling up/down the stairs, so we have baby gates up again. If she is still with you, I wish for some good days for her. My soul-dog. Family. I’m glad it helped, Mary. I’m so sorry to hear about your Sophie.I thank you for your words of encouragement. The pain and loss will be the same today as it will three months from now. & she walks and walks. Our Emma Jane is suffering from doggie dementia. I had to help him eat and drink but until the end he still had an appetite. He is physically healthy, has no teeth, and has about 50% of his vision,, but has Canine Cognitive Dysfunction that we have been treating for nearly a year, with pronounced symptoms the last six months. Thank you so very, very much for your article and for taking the time to post it so we – those of us at this juncture in the life of our beloved pets all thank you beyond what our words can say. But we just have to keep in mind that it’s just one day or one hour out of many. I know I’m just one person and you don’t know me. Not all, but many. So that was one benchmark I was conscious of. A few months ago she began directing a keening-like cry at dusk at my husband. Since I have been her primary companion my husband has left the decision to me. I’m so sorry you are going through this with a dog so young. Once the vet confirmed what I had read on the Internet, I was devastated. He’s forgotten how to play with a ball which was always his favourite game. She is 15 and I have had her since she was 12 weeks old. Your love for Ariel shines through. I know he is not happy. I feel I am mean sometimes forcing him to go out because he fights me, but he has gone out and came right back in the house and peed on the floor. She circles over and over when she is not sleeping. She has been shaking..much like shivering when cold, we thought that was due to some visitors we had over. Thank you Eileen. He said repeatedly throughout our visit, we need to start thinking about quality of life for Sprout and we “don’t want to see him get as bad as it can be”. At the same time, there’s consideration to our needs and, to be honest, the frequent whining is wearing on use. We had her put to sleep yesterday and my heart aches for her. They can smell it but they can’t find it. Pixie has been with me 14 yrs and the symptoms are there. Going over the bridge after the wonderful lives we shared with our beloveds, is what is. We have hesitated to make the decision because we cling to old Pickle, in foolish hopes that we can get just one more day with her. May all who follow in making this difficult decision find your peace. (I took the liberty of incorporating the correction that you sent in.). I’m exhausted, but I have been putting off making this decision because I’m afraid I’m only doing it to make my life easier. thanks for listening and happy holidays Eileen. Well, she was asleep until I turned the light off to sleep myself. I know you did right by Macy. My husband and I are in the same situation as you are. I video taped his last walk and I still watch it from time to time. Paces and walks in circles or hides under the table or tried to dig a hole in the floor. Doesn’t seem to drink as much lately as he used to. I think many will take solace in your words. She bangs into walls when running and seems to not realize where she is. She forgets what she’s doing, stares off in corners, disoriented, incontinent and got stuck behind furniture. BEST TO YOU!! Now my oldest dog, a 13-year old Dachshund is, I think, showing early signs of CCD, and every day I ponder about if/when I’ll have to euthanize her, and it breaks my heart every day. I thought I would feel more confident that it was the right time. I did have one dog pass away at home. He was suffering while looking healthy and acting relatively normal. Yes, there are people here who know this special kind of anguish. There are times … She is eating well, happy, rolling in the grass and on the carpet like a puppy and alert, except for the night time pacing. We are awakened 10 times a night but have dealt with that. I love that she still knows you. Getting up in the middle of the night and would stare until I put her to bed with a snack. I agree with you that we are generally not told by our pet when it’s time. For a number of months now, I noticed some changes in my tiny, 4.5 pound Yorkie-Poodle mix, Livingston. After my last visit to the vert 3 in a week I decided it was time. I gave Holly a good dose of magnesium citrate and melatonin two hours prior to the appointment so she was very calm and sleeping on her bed when the vet arrived. This is helpful to realize that we don’t want to wait for our fur babies to waste away to nothing before we make the decision. How do I determine his quality of life? So many dogs are stoic. He has been known to poop & spread it all over. My heart goes out to you. I’m thankful to hear that someone else thinks we are doing the right thing. We have a couple more things to try and we will see what the next couple of weeks brings for our little one Peri. She was just…circling. I got Bucky a 9lb Dachshund when he was 2 or 3 years old. CCD makes the brain deteriorate. It’s just hard, with this condition, to gauge suffering sometimes. Oh, this so it’s hard! Including that when we all went to bed at night, those two slept in closed crates in the bedroom. It seems to calm her down. For a couple years, vets and family members kept telling me she could be put down at any time, that she was suffering simply because she had arthritis! Even the vets are amazed by th health of her internal organs and her response to the arthritis medicine. but it was her pacing at night. My wife held her and their eyes watched each oth as she went to sleep. His mind was gone. So I got him at 13 – He’s 16 now. Dear Leigh-ann, face the pain of seeing a loved one die in such a brutal way.I have thought of fostering ,i suppose Julie, My vet of 30 years told me too many people wait to do the right thing. Roberta. Had I let enough time go by? When to put down a dog with dementia? Andrea,so sorry to read about your dog,I too went through the same last Dec.It was the hardest decision i had to make.I sure do miss him but realize now it had to been done his quality life was gone.No more greeting at the door stairing at the walls.I look at pictures of him through the years and see how he had changed,he was 16years 8mons old.We had a wonderful time together how I miss him.Oscar thank you for everything my little buddy. Then in the beginning of September I took him to the vet because he wasn’t really eating much. Jack can barely control his bowels, usually I let him out the door and he has either gone right there at the door, or just outside the door. I spend over $1000/month to have people come in twice day to potty her and interact with her. I apologize for this late response. I made the decision after her decline, and I cannot stop grieving. Sometimes she falls into her poop when she attempts to defecate. He has circling episodes. OCTOBER is my late Sophie Girl’s anniversary of going over the RAINBOW BRIDGE. Full of life & energy. I often think the sleep problems are the worst. I cannot let him suffer any further. I totally agree, a week early is better than a day late. I would have felt so much worse if I had waited and she would have suffered. How lovely to have a little memorial for him. Couldn’t have been a better passing, imo. The first 3-4 months after the hospital she did well, however the last few months has been a decline. Tonight, he got stuck inside one of my sandals and had to bark for me to come find him and help him out. He still eats well but when it comes time to go out he often stands there like he doesn’t know what to do. Our hearts are breaking and we are exhausted. But the **when** is so very hard. I have not got another pet yet. It took a long time for my husband and me to recover from that day. Looking back now, I can clearly see the discomfort Addie was suffering. They are the specialists for this condition and sometimes can work wonders. You make me laugh While you and I spend the rest of our lives, missing them beyond reason, I hope they are chasing each other, romping and playing while they wait for us to get there. I’m struggling with whether he should be euthanized as our cold hard winters are going to be tough on him. Bless YOU ALL! It was so hard to make the decision but he was no longer enjoying anything. I came across all of this information tonight. I’ve lost Harry, Tyler, Shorty, Maxie, Lola, all pups. I know that both of you are…BEAUTIES! When Sprouts time comes, we will not let him suffer that way. Debbie,iam so sorry to hear about bosley.I always wished my oscar could talk to me also just for 15min how I wished.ia m always here.HUGS to you. The Vet did the shots and my girl didn’t fight. . I cannot wait and watch for a “sign” but I hope to let her go with dignity and relief for us both. You’re site gave me the info I needed to make that call to the vet. She still peed when I took her out, bless her heart. If you don’t know where to start with this, consult a professional dog-trainer. We went to the Vet who’d taken care of my previous and present cat, and he remarked how good she looked and was suepeised at her age. I would tell a friend it’s better a week too early than a day too late, but I can’t seem to hear that myself. Dementia makes it harder for one to determine that. Please look on the internet for …Dog images in the clouds. The worst is that he no longer wags his tail – he seems joyless. BUT I AM ALSO BIG TIME FIBBING! – And the fact that it was only a few days old is just almost too much for me to take. When I got Cricket from rat terrier rescue, she was already about six to eight years old. which takes longer for them to pass and can distress to all.Our doggie friends have suffered enough with CDD. 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