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Old 03-08-2016, 06:28 PM
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I think Honey is losing her hearing a bit. When we go on our walks to get her to go on and off the foot bit of my mobility scooter i have to tap her on the back because she doesn't hear me otherwise. Also if i call to her in the next room it has to be loud. Having said that, when we go for a walk she gets scared every time a car goes past or other noise.

When i get off and put the scooter into the garage, she then won't get off because she thinks we are just leaving for the walk.

I have been walking her every other day and she hasn't had many days of being so tired that she is ill.

I did rearrange the sitting room a bit and she shook and pooped on the carpet with stress. She also keeps asking to go out (which i have always made her do before eating) then for food, so i have had to put her back on a schedule because it is all the time otherwise.

She keeps drinking a lot again too.

She still is very happy but i hate the thought that when something happens to her, she is the only pet in my house. I wanted to get another dog but i don't think she would like it, i don't know if i could get another if she does get worse any time soon
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Old 03-08-2016, 07:18 PM
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Ah, that's too bad. It's hard to watch them suffering.

My last dog was deaf a good year before she died. In hindsight she was losing her hearing for a good year before she went completely deaf. Of course, it wasn't until the day that she actually was fully deaf that I realized how bad it was.

I am writing to give you hope. A deaf dog CAN lead a good life. There will be times, in the beginning (especially in the early weeks of complete deafness - if it comes to that), wherein your dog will be scared often. She will tremble and whine. And all you can do is comfort her and let her know you are near.

Start using hand signals with her now for certain things so she gets used to the "sign" language you start with her. Also...this is going to sound weird but....if you talk into her head it will help her to relax and feel normal. What I mean by that is......get your lips right onto her head, on her skull, and say familiar phrases to her. Things like, "go outside, wanna go for a walk", or your pet names and phrases for her. There is something about the vibration of your voice against her skull that allows her to "hear" and understand you. I know it sounds odd but it works and it brings them some comfort.

Also, be careful about startling her when she is relaxed or asleep. If you come up on her she might fear lunge or jump and you don't want to get bitten. It's not her fault but, still, be careful. I found that when my dog was asleep I would so gently caress her to get her to wake up.
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Old 03-09-2016, 06:10 PM
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So sorry to hear Honey is having problems, have you spoken to a vet?

Might be worth getting her checked over, hugs for you both x
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Old 03-10-2016, 11:42 AM
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Yep they think she has early onset dementia, even though she is 6, so i am just looking after her rather than put her through anything else. But i did manage finally to trim the fur on her feet on tuesday - it took 45 minutes for me to get her to let me!
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Old 03-10-2016, 02:41 PM
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What food are you feeding her? Sometimes they can get a problem if you feed the same food for years. I switch foods every few bags. All 4-5 star foods. 6 years seems very young for dementia.
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So sorry she is going through this. Change in food is worth a try.
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I'm sorry to hear about your and Honey's struggles. 6 years does seem young for dementia onset, I think this warrants a vet visit, if you haven't already (you didn't mention it, so I'm assuming not). It may be something fixable.
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Old 03-12-2016, 12:01 PM
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No offence but if you could just look back at the previous thread by me about dementia, that would be good.

I just wanted to give an update on her to the people who saw that thread.

Dorothy's mom thank you so much for the advice!
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