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    Some mornings I've come out to find Rex has done a wee or poo or both in the house...but I just clean it up as it's part of old age. He's not in any pain and he gets one Glucosamine tablet per day for his arthritis.
    I ask Rex do you want to go wee wee..so he gets up and stands at the backdoor then I have to guide him outside most times...them I tell him to go...he does then he comes back inside and waits for his treatie...even with Dementia he knows he gets a treatie for going wee wee.

    We had an Old English Sheep Dog who lived till she was nearly 13 yrs but didn't have Dementia and two Collie Roughs who died at 12 and 14.5 yrs the older one had Dementia and was stone deaf...she would sit in the yard and just stare.
    Chloe & Zorro
    Rottweilers and German Shepherds are Family

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    I used to think Dementia would be the worst possible fate and that it must be horrible to loose ones marbles one by one. I changed my mind on that when I was working for a while with Dementia patients in the UK. It can be horrible when it comes along with paranoia. But most people I knew were very peaceful with their mind stuck in happier days. They often thought they were on a neverending holiday and used to compliment the 'hotel staff' on the service. It was really hard on their family though not being recognised when visiting. Much harder on them then on the patient itself.

    My old mare lost an eye due to a chronic illness and a lot of people commented afterwards that it would be 'better for her' to be PTS. But for her loosing an eye only meant a life without pain. She was happy as Larry... she just wasn't very pretty anymore.

    Dogman, on a completely different topic. Do you find Glucosamine is really working? I'm thinking of starting to feed it to Nero (he is only 4) as a preventative measure. I think he has dodgy joints and since he is so ball obsessed and refusing to slow down I think it's probably just a matter of time til we run into problems. I'm wondering if it would have any effect as prevention tho?

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    Hi margoo,

    You ask does Glucosamine really work ? I don't know for sure...but it can't hurt as Rex has been on it for about 2.5 years now. The vet suggested I put him on it and said I can get it at the chemist which is cheaper. I don't think you can prevent arthritis but before giving Nero anything you should always ask your vet.

    Rex being old has another common problem...loss of muscle mass which gives him the wobbly back legs which unfortunately there's nothing I can do about that...if it gets very bad he won't be able to walk and that will be the end.
    Chloe & Zorro
    Rottweilers and German Shepherds are Family

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