An update on Sasha - We had to take her back to the vet last Saturday. She was weak and not eating again. After a couple of weeks of being her usual self, she started declining again.
The vet recommended we leave her there so they could administer IV fluid therapy.
Her kidneys are failing.
Below are instruction to do this. It works the same way to give a dog fluids under the skin.
This treatment will give Sasha the extra help she needs. She has started eating again and even comes outside when we are working in the yard.
Our Lacy is almost 14 years old and has Canine Cognitive Disease.
As long as she has enjoyment in life, minimal stress and pain, and still knows us, I think her quality of life is good. Her appetite is also very good.
Doggie Dementia has the following symptoms:
- Pacing back and forth or in circles (often turning consistently in one direction
- Getting lost in familiar places
- Staring into space or walls
- Walking into corners or other tight spaces and staying there
- Appearing lost or confused
- Waiting at the “hinge” side of the door to go out
- Failing to get out of the way when someone opens a door
- Failing to remember routines, or starting them and gets only partway through
- Forgetting cues and trained behaviors she once knew
- Exhibiting motor difficulties like difficulty backing up (aside from physical problems)
- Startling easily
- Getting less enthusiastic about toys or stopping playing altogether
- Performing repetitive behavior
- Failing to respond to her name
- Having difficulty getting all the way into bed
- Falling off things
- Getting trapped under or behind furniture
- Sleeping more during the day and less at night
- Forgetting house training
- Having difficulty learning anything new
- Seeking attention less; getting withdrawn
- Acting frightened of people she once knew
- Having trouble with stairs
Our dogs have been a big part of our life. They are family to us. Just like people, older dogs can come down with the same issues.
I found this website: Eileenanddogs
It has been very helpful learning how to deal with this disease.
I hope life is going well for all of you. Happy week-end ahead.