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Aimee
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Jan 20, 2019 at 15:27
• Aimee
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Has anyone experienced doggie dementia with their westies?  My vet believes Tosh has dementia.  Tosh will be 17 in May.  Tosh does not sleep through the night.  On a good night, he gets us up twice and the not so good nights, it can be 3-5 times a night.  He whines and wants outside.  He also paces inside our house at bedtime.  His happy place is now on the screened porch so we have made it his "bedroom" with a heater.  Our vet wants to try Tosh on tradozone, which is an antidepressant.  We did have Tosh on Melatonin, but had a reverse reaction where it kept Tosh awake.  Any input would be appreciated.


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Andrew
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Jan 20, 2019 at 15:40
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Dear Ellie one of our cairns had a start of Dementia but she also had blood cancer and went blind,I am sure you remember ,she used to sleep in a cot by my bed in the end as she wanted to go out quite often and she started to pace a little.Eric who got nearly his 17th had a brain tumor and he paced a little  also...its nice you have Tosh  in a place he likes to be....Mine wee not put on anything for the dementia but were on other meds for their other  symptoms......Eric used to sleep at the bottom of bed on carpet but I never slept well as he was prone to seizures and I slept so lightly....I wanted to be where I could hear them if they did want to go out or anything...I think its like some humans and as age takes its toll ..the Dementia starts sadly...I am keeping Tosh in my heart and positive thoughts and know we are thinking of you,Please let us know when you can how he is doingLove and Hugs Annie Andrew and NimbySue with her wings xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Deb, Emmie and Angel Kelsie
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Jan 20, 2019 at 17:33
• Deborah
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Aimee, my heart goes out to you. So many of the older pups go through the same things as humans. I don't know much about dementia in dogs but my Mom had dementia and she wandered at night. It was like she had her days and nights mixed up and just couldn't stay in bed.We'd find her in the kitchen eating "supper" at 2am or pacing from window to window because she thought she saw someone outside. I hope the tradozone helps Tosh and know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie.

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Eileen and Minnie
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Jan 20, 2019 at 23:34
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Aimee, I understand your dilemma with the not sleeping at night, etc.  Gosh Tosh's symptoms sounds just like what we were going through.  Our Minnie is 14 almost 15.  She was having a bit of trouble as well.  Plus she was having a few episodes of what could be called vertigo. Would walk around the house, turning her heat back and forth.  Our vet put her on something called "Dyna-Lode".  I will link to this product below.  This has been a godsend!  Minnie responded to it so well and has been on it for about 9 months. The vet told me that he has a lot of dogs on it and they have really done well across the board.  Minnie sleeps really well through the night now.  She does have a rare night where she doesn't, but it is months between bouts.  So on the whole, Dynalode has helped her greatly. She loves the tablets and eats them like treats.  She gets one every day, at the same hour of each day.  I haven't seen any side effects.  I would ask your vet to see what he says about this.  One of my rescue friends has her 2 westies and scottie on it and has had no problems either.  So hopefully, this could work for you :)  We are lucky since the vet that produced this product is in Nebraska and we live there.  Here is the link:

http://www.harlmen.com/DynaLode_CoQ10.asp

Good luck and I hope this helps!  

Eileen and Minnie

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Aimee
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Jan 21, 2019 at 16:18
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Thanks for the suggestion.  I'll pass along this information to my vet for further review.

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Riley
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Jan 21, 2019 at 05:39
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Sorry to hear this news. Hope you can find some relief for this problem.

God bless Riley and Allen

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Aimee
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Jan 23, 2019 at 08:01
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Update:  Tosh has been on tradozone for two nights and so far so good.  He's sleeping through the night.  

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Deb, Emmie and Angel Kelsie
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Jan 23, 2019 at 09:08
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That's wonderful news Aimee! We'll keep Tosh in our prayers and hope this is the solution to the problem!
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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