I am new to this forum. My beautiful Jedda (15.5 yrs -Jack Russell) has developed dementia. It started slowly about 18 mths ago, but now she is completely deaf and is at a stage of constant pacing, wandering, panting and wimpering. She has forgotten her toilet training and doesn't recognise most of the family now. I have two other JRs and she does react to them at times, by barking in their faces or will try to bite their ears if she becomes agitated. She walks as if she is drunk, she can't negotiate stairs very well and falls regularly and now she is struggling to chew anything hard so we are giving her soft food. When we come home from work she seems excited/agitated to see us, but we are not sure if she is reacting to what the other dogs are doing or she really knows who we are, because within a short time she begins to pace again. She has been on vivitonin medication but there has been little change.
We have been thinking about when is it time to release her from this life of confusion. It is so hard - we don't have any problems with dealing with her day to day needs, whether it is cleaning up her puddles or making sure she eats and trying to comfort her, but watchng her with this blank stare as she walks back and forth or worst when there is fear in her eyes and she constantly wimpers is heart breaking.
She is under a vet and our next appointment is in a week.
Can anyone help with advice on doggy dementia and what are the final stages of this disease.