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Old 10-15-2014, 03:35 PM
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So, I know a lot of us on here have seniors right now. Middie's 10-ish, and while senior means a different age in different breeds and different dogs, I feel like half of chaz has a senior dog right now and is dealing with senior problems.

I want to vent about mine and hear about yours.

Middie is losing his eyesight right now - his night vision is almost gone. I got really frustrated with him for not picking up a treat he missed on a walk, and the BF pointed out that he probably couldn't see it, even though it was a dark brown treat against a white sidewalk under a full moon. His daytime vision has worsened drastically, and he can't tell a treat against a wood floor any longer. He's also losing his hearing. The vet said it was okay on our last visit, but he's deteriorated in the months since. He's sleeping in his bed in the same room as the door and can't hear a quiet knock. He doesn't notice when we have people over, and comes downstairs totally shocked. He'll sleep through a rowdy get-together if he's upstairs. He doesn't even freak out over the doorbell sound on The Simpsons anymore if I have the volume on low. That used to be his nemesis.

He's starting to get a little wobbly in the rear this week, and he refuses to sleep anywhere without a cushion, which makes me think he's getting achy. I had him tethered to the door this week, and he started growling at my roommate. Not in an aggressive way, just in his "I AM TRYING TO COMMUNICATE" way - I figured out that he was uncomfortable and asking for his bed. I pulled it over and he was quiet the rest of the evening.

On walks he's completely content to walk, and doesn't get excited about running anymore.

It's so weird that he's not a puppy anymore. People have completely stopped asking how big he's going to be when he grows up.
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:47 PM
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I know how you feel. Keeda became very senior this past year. It's very hard for me to watch because I know the dog that she used to be and how vastly different she is now is just heartbreaking. I think she's getting close to that time, but she can still get up and move so idk. She does seem depressed though.
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Old 10-15-2014, 05:39 PM
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Rocky has aged a lot in the past year or so. He turned 15 in June and it's really noticeable that he's slowed down a lot.

His hearing is pretty much gone to anything but the hugest pitched sounds. He'll bark when Baxter barks but really has no clue what he's barking at so it takes him a while to stop unless someone stops him.

His traction has deteriorated a lot too. Some days he's ok, other days he'll stand on the tiles and he'll slowly sink to the ground because he can't get a good grip on the tiles.

His vision is also going and sometimes he'll stand there staring into a wall. I think he might be going a little senile too.

The saddest thing I've noticed was when he got his head stuck in a milkbone box (bought for the rats). I came in to find him in the corner with the box on his head and him barking in distress. This dog used to be able to get out of anything, normally a box on his head would be no big deal.

On top of that he also has a liver issue and an enlarged heart, but he just keeps on going. Getting old sucks.
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Old 10-15-2014, 06:29 PM
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Romeo is 8, Zoie is 9, Skye is 10ish. I'm not ready to talk about this yet .

Skye is very mobile and happy. No age deterioration. Some increasing allergies though, and she had a few lumps checked that were just lipomas.

Zoie has luxating patellas but I took her coursing a few times this summer and she had a ton of fun. Getting a bit grey in the face, has a lump, but no serious problems. She doesn't always want to get up and go out.

Romeo is...blindish. He can't see in the dark or dim light. I brought him in my store the other day and he walked into a door frame, so it's not good in the daytime either. It does seem to me he is much quieter than he ever has been but he had a major surgery and splenectomy in May. He has spondylosis and disc problems, I've noticed that his back end has a little muscle wastage. Last night I was sure he was sick again (bad night) but he seemed to recover on his own and seems okay today. It's tough.

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Old 10-15-2014, 06:59 PM
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Mick and Murph are around 12, Murph limps more after his broken leg when the weather changes and you can tell he's not as limber as he used to be. Mick is still doing well, no problems so far (knock on wood). My greatest fear is because they're so bonded, I don't think one will survive without the other.

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Old 10-15-2014, 07:56 PM
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I lost my ancient GSD in March, but she was a joy for the few months we had her. Josie had massive spinal degeneration and a lot of trouble getting a grip on the hardwood. She did a lot better with extra-short toenails and all her toe-fuzz trimmed as short as possible.

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Old 10-15-2014, 08:02 PM
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Shadow is one of those dogs who has always been an old, feeble soul. She turned 12 in August, and honestly, I can't see much difference from when she was 6. We are awaiting our Peanut so we may continue to keep her as fit as possible through the winter. The only real difference I notice is she's slightly less tolerant of young dogs hopping on her (though she does enjoy wrestling!), and she doesn't catch treats as well.

I'm thankful for it. Shadow isn't my favorite dog, but she was the dog that introduced me to training and dog sports. I've had her since I was 7. We worked through a lot of fear issues together, and she finally passed her CGC last month. Depending on how she feels this spring, we might try to get her RN, but beyond that... I'm just going to enjoy my old dog.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:18 PM
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Summit is 9.5. I've started to notice him getting old in the past few months. Nothing scary, but noticeable. For starters he has become a bit protective of his space. He never used to have any space issues unless he was pretty much trampled upon, but recently he'll grumble at Kili if he perceives she might be in any way getting close enough to risk trampling him. He's still good with us humans, it's just Kili who gets the growls.

For another thing he doesn't keep up as well on long hikes. It's not that he can't, but I find myself walking less briskly when he's with us.

And most noticeably... he can't outrun Kili anymore. She used to have to lose him by taking hard corners and doubling back. He'd catch her on the straight aways and she'd take a hard turn to lose him. But I noticed this summer that he can't outrun her on the straight anymore either.

It's definitely sad to realize that he's starting to show his age. But I'm thankful it's not worse. His vision and hearing seem pretty good still. His activity level is still good. He is still playful. He still beats Kili up. He's still interested in training. His muscle tone is good.

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Old 10-15-2014, 08:55 PM
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Cynder is 8.5, although everyone who sees her thinks she's half her age. In some respects, she's doing well. Her energy level is as high as ever and not much has noticeably changed. She may be a bit more grey and a bit more arthritic in her lower back now than she was a few years ago, but that's about it.

The biggest toll for her is her megaesophagus, which is currently being managed quite well. She's actually at the heaviest weight now than she ever has been since I've known her (30.4lbs!). She's not on any meds, and she currently only has to eat elevated to keep her food down.

She just had bloodwork done and everything looked good aside from her urine, which we will be rechecking next week. The lab said her ph was low and thay she had sodium oxilate cyrstals, to which I am really hoping was a fluke.

She's still going to live forever. Because Michael won't know what to do with himself when she's gone.
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:19 PM
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Maddie's 12. She's blind in one eye from injury when she was 7, and Now she's totally deaf. In June she tore her ACL and several weeks ago she had a stroke

She's not herself a lot of the time. But then other times, she's good. I just love her so much

I have an appt on the 25th. I don't even know ...


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