“Gida Dog” has two categories of known health problems: pain and, now, brain.
Pain doesn’t seem to be a huge issue. That is, any more than it would for many older dogs. Last year, the vet said she had a likely congenital issue in her back, based on these adorable Boston terrier x-rays and evidenced by her awkward motions and difficulty getting around. As such, we had her on painkillers for a bit, but they didn’t seem to be doing anything. So, scratch the painkillers.
Still, she kept getting stuck in corners, among table legs and chairs, and in gaps in our furniture. She often whined for rescue and whined even in chill mode. There was a ton of whining. She’d go to the wrong side of familiar doors, too, and constantly acted somewhere between listless and uncomfortable. I thought maybe she was oldening further and perhaps getting a little blind. My husband decided she had canine cognitive dysfunction: doggie Alzheimer’s.
I chastised him for Internet diagnostics, but turns out the vet agrees that these symptoms are consistent with that condition. There are rather expensive ways to find out for sure, but it wouldn’t hurt to try her on Selegiline, the same drug they give humans suffering from Parkinson’s and dementia. They say it increases the amount of dopamine in her noggin, ensuring everything fires a bit better. Ultimately, it’s supposed to slow progression of the disease.
Well…it’s working, I think.
She doesn’t whine anymore. She whines a bit when she wants to be let out, but not for absolutely no good reason. She doesn’t get stuck, either. She’s still creaky and is less good with commands these days, but she seems happier and peppier.
Wish us luck!