I wish I could turn the clock back and change my mind but of course I can’t. Dementia makes it harder for one to determine that. We decided to take his pain away. Dear Eileen, My 18 1/2 yr old dachshund, has had CCD for about a year now and of course, as time goes on, it is getting worse. Please be kind with any comments. Maybe not today, maybe not next week, but there is a point that will come. I’m sure you have made the right decision for your bulldog. Touched me to the core. The vet gave her Trazadone for anxiety. It’s been so hard, and I cry here and there. I understand that the love people have for their pets can sometimes turn into selfishness without realizing that the suffering is hidden by their stoic furbaby who lived to please. The thing that often is the hardest for me is all the free time I suddenly seem to have. She lost her vision and hearing and has been wandering around lost for several months s she has a hard time in the evenings and has begun to spin around in tight circles for hours,l in the last few weeks, often to exhaustion. Hugs. It would be so much easier if he had a life altering event rather than this decline. He gets lost inside a lot, trapped behind furniture and bumping into walls often – especially more so the last few days. However, yesterday my Dad passed away unexpectedly. These types of things make me feel like it’s time. Cricket as I remember her best: confident and direct. It’s been helpful for me. I have a mini schnauzer. Some days she knows me others she just wonders around lost in her own home. But lately she’s been coming to me a lot looking afraid n wants me to pick her up but then she soon wants back down and the repeat all over again. Thank you so much for your words. She has been by my side through so many ups and downs in life. And happy! I pray other pet owners never face the slow mental decline of your furry friend because it is truly one of the hardest things we’ve endured. He’s only been with me for 3 years, and even then he had symptoms. It was so hard to make the decision but he was no longer enjoying anything. I hope no one has to go thru this as its super tough, but put your self in your dogs shoes and only you or your vet knows whats best for your dog. I wanted to bury her cradled in “comfort”. I’m so sorry for your loss. Whatever you do, please try not to feel guilty. I thought it was just him getting older. I could barely read it out loud to my son, because of my sobbing. Thank you for this article. Confidant Until Zer0, I had never known of a fearful dog who didn’t eventually come out of his shell. Of course, she refuses to take any medication so I have had a hard time with getting her to take anything. !!! Then when she made it to 10, I was stunned. Hugs. It’s been too much heartache for me. He’s now totally blind and I risked dental surgery and had almost all his teeth pulled last year. I have a dog that the vet thinks has dementia, and now I realize that she is probably right. I feel guilty even thinking about putting him down given his healthy nature, dementia aside. She has hind leg weakness and stumbles often. This site gave me the courage I needed to help her get peace. At this point there was nothing we can do. I remind people that canine cognitive dysfunction is a disease. It wasn’t until I read your story – and I’m going to read it over and over again – that I realized I made the right decision for an appointment tomorrow. In her prime a strong wise full of life. Thank you for post. I blamed it on our other dog and made all kinds of excuses why he was just annoyed. We saw the vet, and her bloodwork was healthy, but she appeared to have a urinary infection and possible ear infection. 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