|Barked: Thu Jul 11, '13 1:47pm PST |
|My 14 Y/O Siberian Husky "Happy" is starting to show signs of Dementia. Happy has always been a champ when it came to house breaking, adapting to apartment life, and always sharp as a tack. When we got her as a puppy, Happy was potty trained in the first 2 days and never had an accident since then. In 2009 I moved to NY for work and in the interim she was staying with my mom until I could find a place that was ok with a dog over 20 LBs. During that time she was accidentally let out of the backyard by the gardeners. She was lost for 2 weeks and ended up losing almost a third of her body weight and a 2 inch section of her tail where she was bit by something while sleeping in a sewer drain next to a freeway offramp. Even when she went from living next to the beach chasing seagulls to a 1100 sq ft apt in manhattan she adapted and overcame.
Last month she turned 14 and for the past 3 months she has definitely started showing signs of dementia. I have a staircase in my duplex and she has always traversed the steps slowly but now she whimpers at the last 4 steps and just takes a leap. I have since put a gate up so she cant go up and down the stairs when I'm not home. I also noticed that she is staring into corners and moving her head closer to the ground to see things. All of that is tolerable and manageable with attention and a gate but she seems to have forgotten potty training. Starting 2 weeks ago she seems to have forgotten how to signal me when she needs to go out or where her pee pad is. I'll see her walking around the apartment and then without any warning spins, sniffs or barks she will just go into poop position and do her thing in the middle of the living room. The other night I was in my home office when I caught a whiff of that unmistakeable odor of poop. I had a window open in my bedroom since the AC was on in the rest of the apt so that stank just started to billow through the apartment. She hap pooped again and stepped on it, even worse she was laying next to it. I took her to the vet and he said it was most likely dementia. Its really frustrating to see my buddy lose her marbles so quickly. This is the first time Ive had to deal with this and the dementia in addition to her skittish tick makes the situation really not fun.
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