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November 14th, 2013

Aging Dog @ 05:34 am

 
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From:wontolla
Date:November 14th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
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I went through exactly the same thing with my 14 year old shepherd last year. From the description of dizziness, the "doggie strokes" are almost certainly a case of "old dog labyrinthitis" an inner ear problem. It comes on very suddenly and I also thought Rain had a stroke at first. It may improve a little right after the first onset, but the effects are permanent.

Rain was around 80 lbs, and she also had severe issues with her hips. I have two steps to get into the house and she would stand at the bottom, swaying and swaying... trying to figure out how to get up them with her painful hips and spinning head. She would fall almost every time she went down them. I built a ramp, but she was terrified of it. Getting her in and out to potty became a marathon. I attempted to help her on the stairs with a towel sling, but she panicked and flailed midway down and both of us ended up in a painful heap. I could not get her in and out of the car without help, she was just too big and prone to panicking.

She had also gone deaf, and I think it was the deafness that finally caused her to become extremely anxious. She would stand in the middle of the room shaking and swaying, and she would panic if she lost track of me. I could pet her to try and soothe her but she could not hear me telling her what a good girl she was. It was the anxiety that made me decide to let her go, being constantly terrified is no way to live.

What I finally decided is that we were making each other miserable. She was reading my distress at her distress and it was making her MORE distressed.

I think you know that it's time. It is NEVER an easy decision to make, but if she is not happy, it's time.
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From:jakkal
Date:November 15th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
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That sounds so very much like my situation. I tried the towel sling once too, and we both ended up falling over each other as well.

I never thought about the 'making each other distressed' angle. That really does put it in perspective. Thanks.

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The Equal Opportunity Offender