dog is senile and I know what to do but......

(9 Posts)
Yourarejokingme Thu 10-Jul-14 15:16:40

She is now 9 so not a pup and has went senile. She is aggressive and has good and bad days. The bad are out weighing the good and I feel its here time to pass over now but Hubby is digging his heels in and wants to wait but on bloody what? I do not want to watch her go down hill much more. This is heartbreaking as it is. I want to have her PTS today or tomorrow morning when no one is about. I won't be the best person for small talk you see.

Her condition is going to get worse not damn better and I am the one supervising her not damn him and he still doesn't get it.

I know he won't talk to me about this again as I had to put down our other old boy through age this time. I think what he is doing is cruel.

GobblersKnob Thu 10-Jul-14 16:32:22

Sorry to hear about your dog, nine is not even terribly old sad

What does your vet think? Is she already on medication for the senility? Sometimes dietary and environmental changes can have benefits, but I don't know if this would be true in your case.

Lonecatwithkitten Thu 10-Jul-14 16:43:00

Have you been to see your vet?
I would be checking for pain making her aggressive and if that is all normal then doing bloods as often thyroid problems can cause aggression.
9 years is very young for senility mostly it is dogs in their teens and usually it is not aggression we see, but barking at nothing, wandering with no purpose those kind of things.

affafantoosh Thu 10-Jul-14 18:39:04

I agree with Lonecat. This is an unusual presentation at her age and think it's wise to assume this is senility - it may be treatable. If you haven't already seen the vet to discuss it then I'd recommend you do.

daisy5569 Thu 10-Jul-14 18:42:45

Theres an article today on the Daily Mail website about Dementia in animals, think it was in the Femail section.
Described symptons as Lonecatwithkitten has above, may be worth a read before making decision to PTS.
I think I would also have full health check at Vet before making the decision too, just in case it is something else.

usualsuspectt Thu 10-Jul-14 18:47:12

When my old dog went senile. he wasn't aggressive. He just wandered about , didn't seem to know where he was and just sort of lost interest in everything.

It's worth getting him checked over by your vet.

affafantoosh Thu 10-Jul-14 19:14:47

* unwise to assume senility *

Total failure to communicate my point there. Sorry.

Yourarejokingme Thu 10-Jul-14 23:39:32

I have a large breed she is a Great Dane and 9 is old for them as they only live till there are 7-10 on average. I have owned them for over 20 years now.

I know dementia and yes dogs can get aggressive with it as they forget who they are too just like humans. She also walks into the doors, stares of into space and gets confused its when she is confused as in doesn't know you she can be aggressive as my other dog found out now separated and me too.

Vet knows all this and has said also about dementia and the drugs available which will only work in the short term what to prolong what I know will happen. The drugs won't give her a good quality of life they will make her dopey and sleepy well more than normal. I would rather remember her as she is now.

She's had her blood works done too oldies here get it done on the cheap at my vets love that man for that.

I am venting as I know what is best for her in the long term its hubby that had his head in sand.

I always stay to the end as well when they cross over knowing that they are loved to the end. Hubby can't he is chicken hearted.

Tis ok we have had a heart to heart over it and cleared the air of sorts.

Heartbreaking for us both.

affafantoosh Fri 11-Jul-14 07:37:53

sad

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