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Roo
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Feb 20, 2017 at 09:30
• Cheryl
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How do you know the difference between dementia in older dogs and just normal aging? I read a post about dementia and he has some of the signs -- aimless pacing, sleeping most of the day, not being interested in toys or play, going to the hinge side of the door instead of the part that opens -- those were some, but his vision is getting worse and his hearing is going, too, plus he's kind of stiff in the rear quarters, but for almost 16, he is in pretty good health. In that post I read, most people were saying "my dog was fine until about 15 or 16" and I would imagine if a dog doesn't show SOME signs of dementia by this age, that would be unusual. What do you all think?



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Katy ^~^ and Jennifer
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Feb 20, 2017 at 09:56
• Jennifer
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I think watching them age is really hard :(  Katy will be 11 in March and she still has spurts of "puppy-ness" but all in all she rests, eats, goes outside and goes on short little jaunts.  She has spent almost her whole life with joint issues and as she ages it is getting worse, but we are determined to keep her happy and healthy for as long as we can...
I think that signs of dementia would come earlier on, but I am not sure...we just love them as long as we can - and give them the comforts that they deserve...Katy sends Roo sniffle-kisses :)
Katy ^~^ and her mommy <3



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Deb, Emmie and Angel Kelsie
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Feb 20, 2017 at 11:23
• Deborah
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Ah, old age is not for the faint of heart--whether you're human or a pup. No two people age the same and I expect it's that way for dogs. Some things are just expected as they age, especially when their senses aren't what they used to be. As long as they're eating, pooping, and are in somewhat of a daily routine, I guess all we can do is love them and let the rest up to God. 
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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Allen
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Feb 20, 2017 at 11:55
• Allen
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Cheryl

My heart aches for you. It all comes down to the quality of life with our fur babies. It is so difficult to make the final decision for them. I have been so upset and depressed without Sir William. I wish you all the love I can send.

I will keep you and Roo in my prayers.

Love my boys at the bridge

Boomer & Sir William ^--^

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NimbySue
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Feb 20, 2017 at 12:32
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Gosh,Cheryl..seeing mine age over the years..they have all shown various signs you mention..Ellie lost her sight also and Emma stared a bit in the end but then her back was not good and I can only think what we are like with bad backs...yes the pain would make me stare and be depressed...Eric paced and stared but he had that Brain tumor and seizures....Nimby is 141/2 at the moment...she does not stare but likes to snooze a bit more but still loves to yap and her adventures and walks but she is a bit stiffer sometimes in her shoulder so I try not to go on long walks...numerous short ones on her days out which suit her better and the variety of different places...Roo sounds real good for his age but as said above like us humans..things wear out and so forth....Its so sad to see them age but as long as they have a good quality of life and love and not in pain thats the best we can do  for them...I often love to sit and just talk to and cuddle mine when they are relaxed at night also...We can just Love them ....Big Hugs  and give Roo a Big Kiss from us also.Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Caesar and Murphy Latham
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Feb 20, 2017 at 15:09
• Louise
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Aging is part of life.  I'm learning that the hard way.  As long as Roo is comfortable that is what is important.  Just love him and enjoy every moment you have with him.  Love Louise, Caesar and Angel Murphy

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Hamish & Maggie
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Feb 20, 2017 at 17:56
• Sue
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Watching them age is so difficult. Hamish will be 17 this Sat. and he started showing signs of dementia about 2 -3 years ago. He is also nearly blind and deaf but otherwise pretty healthy. He no longer plays and does not want to walk much but still loves his food! He also sleeps alot! He just had his vet check with chemistry blood panel and it was all normal. The vet recommended a supplement "Cholodin"
when he started showing signs of dementia. Hamish has been on Cholodin for 2 years and I believe it helped with many of his problems. He seems to have adjusted  to his blindness and deafness & is not in any distress. I just continue to love him and enjoy every moment I have with him.
Hugs to Roo,
Sue, Hamish & Maggie

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Willie
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Feb 20, 2017 at 19:45
• Theo
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Oh my goodness!! Hamish, Saturday is going to be so very special for you. 

Have you joined the FaceBook group Oldest Westies Around The World - Seniors 16+ years Stories & Photos. I've added the link below for your Mom. They have several members over the age of 20 and I hope you will be too.

Just in case I am not on here this Saturday, I'll wish you a very Happy Birthday right now, I'm sure your Mom will spoil you big time!

hugs, Theo and Willie xoxox

https://www.facebook.com/OldestWesties/?hc_ref=SEARCH

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Hamish & Maggie
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Feb 21, 2017 at 10:51
• Sue
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Thank you for the birthday wishes Theo & Willie!
I will definitely check out the Facebook link..thanks for the info!

hugs, Sue & Hamish

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Rebecca and Connor
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Feb 20, 2017 at 19:02
• Rebecca
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Cheryl, you may try giving him extra virgin coconut oil on his food everyday.  It helps with people so it should help with dogs also.  It is worth a try, it's so hard to watch them age, just like it is with people.

Hugs Rebecca and Connor

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Theo and Willie
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Feb 20, 2017 at 19:12
• Theo
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It sounds to me like Roo is just reaching 'that' age. I'm sad to hear his vision and hearing is going but I'm sure he will adjust and still have quality of life for some time yet.  Love him to the moon and back every day and he will be happy.

You got me wondering Cheryl so I did some research... and I can honestly say I have not had a dog that showed signs of dementia.  Sundowner syndrome seems to be a very common sign and I am wondering if Willie is developing dementia as he often is awake in the middle of the night, trying to dig his way to China through my oriental rug. 

You'll have to copy and paste the links.

Here is a great article from Katie Wyatts web site describing age related dementia with some tips on how to deal with it
https://www.facebook.com/notes/westies-health-from-ears-to-tail/cds-cognitive-dysfunction-syndrome-or-age-related-dementia/10152701952078719

This is a more intense article by Dr Becker
http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/09/18/cognitive-dysfunction-syndrome.aspx

Dr Andrew Jones - Natural remedies - this guy is boring to listen to but I found a lot of interesting information.  As a preventitive, he suggests 1000 mg of Omega 3 Acids per 10 pounds daily. I'm going to up Willies dosage as I was only giving him about 200 mg per day, he needs 2000 mg.  Also in the comments section there are some interesting posts about using cannabis oil, I'll be doing more research on that.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bAk-zXBwkk


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