My dog kept pacing at night. She couldn’t get comfortable.
Your dog’s senior moment may just be that: a senior moment.
But for my 2 of my most recent geriatric dogs:that were 15 years and older, these senior moments progressed to doggy Alzheimer’s.
Each of them had early signs that looking back was a sure giveaway.
For Frodo Baggins, my geriatric westie: it started with disorientation. One time after I had just walked him, I came back out and found him staring in a corner by the front door. Seemingly confused. I scooped him up and teased him giggling because of how silly he was.
For Bon Bon, my geriatric maltese: she couldn’t get comfortable at night. She would wake up and pace. It got so consistent, after ruling out illnesses for her we had to make a ‘Bon Bon’ Carpet and pee pad zone in our bedroom where she could comfortably rest and pace without waking us up at night.
For Becca, my current 15 year old lab mix: it’s the accidents in the house. You see, Becca forgets to actually potty when we let her outside sometimes. It happens maybe once or twice a week and so now we’re at the point where we go out with her and make sure she does business everytime she goes outside.
Each of these started as a one off, just one time. Then, slowly over a 6-8 month period they became a new norm for us.
Each time this would come up, we would do testing, try new treatments or diet changes. Throughout all these trials, we did what each of you loving pet parents do: we adjusted. My fiance and I adjusted our schedules and our routine to accommodate them because honestly, as you all know when a dog gets to that age- they’re an absolute treasure in your life.
For anyone going through this disease, it can be so challenging. Your senior dog needs you more now then ever and I encourage you to check out the 3 part series on Canine Alzheimer's that I have starting this week in July. Much love to you and your senior dog! -Senior Dog Doc