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  1. I'm sure that she wasn't 100% BC, but the BC showed through load and clear. Anytime I went up a ladder, to work on the roof, trim a tree, whatever, she just had to follow. I was 25ft up an extension ladder to talk to a contractor and heard her on the ladder. Seconds later, there she was, licking me in the face. "I'm here, what do you want me to do?" When I knew she was going deaf, I had her trained to hand signals in a week. I still sneak over the spot that she slept at night if I have to get up, so not to step on her. I lost more than just a dog.
  2. An aggressive Carcinoma forced us to lay Cindy down for the last time. She wasn't able to urinate. I was surprised at how fast it took her. The vet, and the labs, diagnosed a bladder infection a month ago, but she showed no sign of recovery while on the antibiotics. So, my best friend, my frisbee buddy, and a startlingly intelligent dog is gone at age 13. It's going to be hard to deal with for a long time.
  3. Same thing around here except the targets are toy breeds. I'd like to see them try to take Cindy. She'd remove their faces.
  4. Here's the link. It's pretty lite. I'm not young anymore and don't believe everything I read, especially on the web, so this isn't a recommendation from me. I just went searching and found this. I'm sure there are more and will talk to a groomer friend about tick solutions via diet. http://www.keepurpethealthy.com/2011/03/22/natural-tick-protection-for-dogs.html
  5. I've read about diet changes or supplements that sometimes work to repel ticks. Here's part of an article that I found-- A good diet with added crushed garlic cloves will keep your dog’s immune system strong. Add a tablespoon of organic apple-cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl, and supplement your dog’s diet with vitamin B complex and Omega 3 and 6. Ticks will not bite a dog that has these supplements in its system. I can't verify the effectiveness but it makes more sense to fight these things from within as opposed to applying a poison to our dogs. If you want the link I'll post it. Normally I won't send anyone on a goose chase. I got a chuckle out of one response above. The garlic is meant to be taken as a food supplement, not as a remedy applied to the skin. You won't smell nearly as bad that way!
  6. Thank you. I'll pick up the melatonin while I'm out today and see how she does. It sounds like a better option than what the vet gave me, and I'll let you know what happens!
  7. It's true that my first concern involved panting at night, ravenous appetite, and her drinking almost constantly. Cushing's was diagnosed and the panting/appetite/drinking has subsided with treatment. The signs that she isn't comfortable anywhere at night is something fairly new, or maybe just hidden all this time by the symptoms of Cushings. I think the best way to describe it is 'at night, no place is safe enough'. I think I should consider her hearing loss as the main cause since it's an important sense that she's lost, and she doesn't know how to deal with it. What I was looking for here was another BC that showed similar behavior, like licking the wall and trying to hide. She doesn't lick just any wall, only where she sleeps at night. I did mention it to the vet at her last blood test visit and the response I got was in the form of Valium, which I don't like to use unless we have severe weather. The good thing is that she's still very demanding and full of energy during the day, and she still won't let me touch her frisbee without giving her something in return!
  8. Thank you, Julie. It took me a while to find the cost discussion that I was reading through. Anipril was about $100 per month, Novifit was $70 per month, and there was no mention of SSRI. I think that expense is relative, and varies depending on our own situations. I think most of us would rather treat our furry friends as one of our own and spare no expense to protect them, but I've witnessed the opposite. I think I'm safe in assuming Cindy does not have CCD as yet. She might just relate the night with thunderstorms, as we had several last year and she reacts to lightning.
  9. We've seen some response to the treatment she's getting for the Cushing's. The blood work is normal now, so we'll keep up the treatment. One thing funny about the whole mess is that when she's asleep I can walk around her, over her, plink her nose gently, or have an orchestra playing Nessun Dorma in the living room and she's just out like a rock. If I dare touch her shoulder she jumps a mile! Her days as a watch dog are over. I've read quite a bit about canine cognitive dysfunction and, based on what I've found, Cindy does not have any real symptoms. It seems to affect memory and normal, functional activity. Cindy during the day is completely normal except for an occasional accident in the house. Earlier messes this year were due to a Clostridium imbalance and that was cleared up. Her little Yorkie buddy gets a treat now and then, as Cindy does, but the dinky little thing just hordes them instead of eating them right away. EVERY morning Cindy will goes to EVERY spot the Yorkie hangs out to see if she left a treat behind. It's like she's on a mission. That's not symptomatic of CCD. Good thing. Treatment is expensive. But it's good that you've alerted me. She's almost 13 years and now I expect almost anything.
  10. huh. Thundershirt. I'll ask around as I have several groomers and trainers nearby. So far, she hasn't done any damage to walls or furniture in her efforts to get inside them. It's pretty hard to see my girl go from an otherwise happy daytime dog to a wimp at night. I don't see any fogging of her eyes yet, but I'm sure she has some vision problems. No, I never had to crate train her. It took all of about 2 or 3 hours to potty train her as a pup, and I've never seen a smarter dog. There was just no reason to use a crate. I've never heard of the CCD that you talked about but will do some research.
  11. I've been here not long ago to talk about my Cindy's apparent deafness and behavior. It took about a year for her to lose her hearing, even though she still responds to some high-pitched sounds. Lately at night I'll hear her licking something, I thought maybe the foot that was broken years ago. But yesterday I discovered that she licks the wall after she lays down at night, then buries her head in the corner. Sometimes she tries to dig a hole in the wall, other times she just abandons the corner and hides under a shelf in the closet. She won't use a crate, and never lays on her cushion anymore. I usually get down with her and try to calm her down. It's hard to see my once-fearless girl obviously afraid of the dark. Has anyone out here noticed similar behavior with their senior friend?
  12. Cindy will go off at my son's Pit-Lab, but will play fine with the in-laws Goldens. In fact, she's fine with most other dogs. There's something in the eye to eye contact with the Pit that makes her just explode. If I didn't hold her back she'd eat his face. I'm no expert but think it's a dominance thing, especially with Cindy being on the old side. I can't control it so I'm of no use other than I see the same behavior that you do.
  13. Is there any sign of deafness? I'm going through the very same right now with my old girl and even though she appears to be able to hear her Yorkie buddy yap in alarm, she won't respond to her name, sleeps so soundly that I can walk right over her and she doesn't know I'm there, and doesn't hear me come in and close the door. The real problem is the apparent anxiety and pacing. When deafness sets in the vet told me she probably feels very vulnerable and will hide at night as well as pant and pace.
  14. Cindy is 12 and started drinking a LOT of water. She was diagnosed with Cushing's and is on Trilostane. Her Cortisol level is at what it should be now, and since she had a full blood workup, she's not diabetic. Is she losing her coat or shedding abnormally?
  15. So far there's no sign of anything that I would suspect as Alzheimer's, at least the signs that you've described. In certain respects I think she's always been cranky, independent-minded, and very aloof. She seldom wants to be cuddled. She is due this week for another ACTH test but I'll make sure she does her business beforehand. The original X-rays couldn't prove or disprove Adrenol Cushings as she hadn't defecated, blocking a good view of both glands. As far as enjoying her, I really do. She is a spectacular girl, intelligent and fast. I never had to resort to using a whistle but after you mentioned pitch awareness it seems like a good idea to start, even now. Thank you.
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