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08 January 2018

Being A Senior


I have been displaying signs of being aged in the Golden Age (a much better term just to fool myself BOL):


Eyes (Cataract)
First diagnosed at the end of 2011. Vet said 'mild' cataract but mom could not even see anything then. She could finally see opaque-y thingy in my eyes like 1, 2 years back.

This last few months, the cataract in my right eye suddenly looked much worse. 

  Can you see the whitish thingy on my right eye? It looks worse off-camera


Mom thinks it is 99% (if not 100%) blind. Because, I am oblivious to any movements on my right side. We don't need any dogtor to confirm it.  Given the recent 'scare' of the dental-anaesthesia, cataract surgery is NOT an option.

Just the other day, she accidentally put down my food bowl from my right side and I was still looking at her waiting for my food! I also did run into the room knocking my right side of my body onto the wardrobe, etc :'(

Mom's giving me this holistic eyedrops that supposedly help to prevent the cataract from becoming worse. Anything other than surgery is worth trying now!



Hearing
I used to be very alert and reactive to noises at my doorstep.  Now? A burglar can come in with keys jingling and I can sleep my way through (ok, maybe not through but halfway) :P

Playing

Not playing with my stuffies anymore, let alone fetch. My stuffy-buddies are now collecting dust in a drawer. 


Dog Dementia
Mom is worried I might be having doggy dementia and is watching out for symptoms :'(

Just like humans, dogs can suffer from many of the these symptoms:
  • Sleep-wake cycle disturbances - I have been sleeping much more during the day & quite the same for the night.
  • Generalized anxiety - I have been an anxious pup since young.
  • Lower threshold for aggression - Still pretty much the same (only dislike my butt area being kissed).
  • Decreased activity levels - This is a resounding 'YES'!
  • Inappropriate vocalization (howling, barking or whining) - Yes, mom says my whining is quite unbearable nowadays, especially when I have no share in their foods!! BOL
  • Repetitive behaviors (pacing) - quite a bit of pacing though mom's not sure cos' I could be just taking a stroll.
  • Elimination disorders - another 'YES'! I have been peeing everywhere in the house (hallway, living room, balcony, NEAR-to-peetray) but I still do it correctly at my pee tray at times. Recently mom has put on the diapers for me at night otherwise she'd have to wipe clean the floor middle of the night. 
  • Staring at walls - staring at the floor yes, walls no.
  • Disorientation (getting “lost” in the house) - I still know where my water bowl and toilet are.

Another classic sign is getting stuck in tight spaces. This happened once just the other day. I walked into the narrow lane between hoomans' bed and window ledge. Then I just stood frozen at the end without knowing how to reverse my way out. But then that was also coincidentally during the period my legs were 'acting up' (this was in my last post) so we cannot be 100% sure that this incident was due to dementia or legs problem.


Arthritis & Heart Enlarged

These were in my last post as well.

*SIGH*

3 comments:

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Old age...we mean Golden Age comes to us all. You just enjoy every minute you can. And we think the peeps should share their food if you want it...just sayin'.

Kinley Westie said...

Momma says she had a basset who paced for da last couple years of his life - he walked so much!

Julie said...

But, sweet Bowie, you STILL look as handsome as ever!!!!!
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx