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|07-17-2008, 07:26 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2008
15 Year Old Yorkie - Blind, Confused
I have a 15 year old yorkie - who seems to be in great shape. We do believe he is almost blind and is hard of hearing. He still runs around like a puppy and seems happy most of the time. He has began having episodes where he appears to be disoriented - he goes around in circles, then hops like he is jumping off the sofa. He forgets that he has already done his nite time rituals and wants to do them over and over again. I love him to pieces and we consider him part of the family. We are debating taking him to the vet, since we know they will probably just tell us that he is old and this is part of the aging process. Is anyone else having issues like this with their aging yorkies? Like I stated earlier, most of the time he is happy, doesn't act like he is in pain. It does scare him during these episodes. We are going to starting restraining his access to the entire house, since we are afraid that he may hurt himself while we are at work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
|07-17-2008, 07:43 AM||#2|
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Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: NEW YORK
I know how hard it is to watch you beloved pet get old.
Like humans they too can go threw disorentation, blindness,
loss of bodly funtions etc. I have no suggestions for you to aid
your baby along the way at times of disorentation. It's so nice
to hear she is happy most of the time. Keep her confined in one or two
room while you not at home is a great idea. I too have lost older
pets but they were not disorented. Hopefully there are other's
here who can assist you.
Welcome to YT and good luck.
|07-17-2008, 07:50 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Thanks for your kind words of support. Archie looks alot like gismo in his younger days. They are just little people aren't they! Thanks again
|07-17-2008, 08:29 AM||#4|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Jul 2006
Yes, of course dogs can get disoriented and confused with age just like people. Blindness makes it all the worse. Having had both an old dog (16 years) and a blind one just keep his surrondings constant and it's probably best to have him in an area where he can't jump onto furniture or go steps while you aren't with him. Good luck with your guy.
|07-17-2008, 10:43 AM||#5|
Join Date: Feb 2008
It may be best to take him to the vet just to have him checked out. Don't assume that everything is just part of the aging process. It may be in his case but it would be good to know if there's something that can be done for him. A blood panel might be helpful in this case. Also, you may want to consider if he's being fed an appropriate food for his age. Also, a supplement such as flaxseed oil may restore some elasticity to his cells and give him a better quality of life. Digestive enzymes can also be beneficial to help him absorb the nutrients in his food. You're very lucky to have such an old guy in basically good shape. Having a vet see him now and doing a thorough checkup would tell you where he's at health wise and may reveal some things that could be treated for a better life for him. Best of luck to you and your little man.
|07-17-2008, 11:08 AM||#6|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: North Carolina
When was the last time he had a full geriatric blood profile done? You should have one done every year for a senior and a "mini" CBC in between. It can alert your vet to anything that might be starting and can prolong his life.
He may just have doggie Alzheimer's called Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS), but it's important to rule out something else causing his disorientation.
This article has a lot of good information on the condition:
Doggy Alzheimer's Disease - Dogs
|11-29-2010, 07:59 PM||#7|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Addison, IL USA
Thank you for the link about Doggy Alzheimer's. It explained a lot. I think my 16yr old Yorkie Rascal has it. His kidneys are failing and he is almost blind and his hearing is not great. I have him on a special kidney food from the vet. I am going to take him back to the vet about his behavior, his mom had diabetes and went blind but she acted normal. She never bumped into walls or got stuck in places like Rascal does. It hurts to watch him.
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|11-29-2010, 08:10 PM||#8|
Crazy about Kacee!
Join Date: May 2005
You should also read this thread:
Muffin 1991-2005 Rest in Peace My Little Angel
|11-29-2010, 08:22 PM||#9|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2006
Katie lost most of her sight and hearing as well. I had to help her with the one step up to come inside. Towards the end, I had to carry her out for potty time. She just didn't get up to go otherwise. Several people asked why we didn't put her to sleep and the vet even broached the subject. I told them that occasionally, she would get up and wag that tail. She always did that when my mom came to visit. You could tell she was happy to see her. She also loved to get brushed with a soft baby brush. She would make little noises of pleasure. I told them all that as long as I could see her have moments of enjoyment and it did not appear she was in too bad of pain (other than her arthritis) then I would hang in there with her. I could not take even one day of tail wagging away from such a wonderful pet. She was one in a million!
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