So my black Labrador is quite old - 13 in march - and about 2/3 months ago we noticed he started acting strange which we think is dog dementia. However he keeps wanting to go out the back door (only ever in the evening/night when it's dark) and every time I've gone out there to see what he's doing he's either noticed me and come back inside or he's just standing there looking at nothing. It wouldn't bother me so much if it was warm outside but it's absolutely freezing and it makes me worried because I like I said he's old I don't want him to get ill. Has anyone else's dog done this? And do they know why? Please help!!
Welcome to the forum linzzlou. I can't really help as no experience of this. A couple of thoughts that did come to mind:-
Does he have any trouble passing urine or faeces? Does he want to go in the night & can't hence the odd behaviour? Did he used to go out at night before the odd behaviour out there? (based on odd behaviours of a cat who had kidney disease - not quite the same behaviour but there were changes in urination habits for a period)
Also is his eyesight OK as with the dark, if it isn't, he could be disoriented.
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Arrr so sorry to hear this dementia is so sad for humans and our beloved pets. My late dog had dementia she constantly licked the carpet and when she went outside she used to lick the concrete/walls / footpaths it was so sad I couldn't turn my back for one minute. I do know that there is medication that the vet can prescribe my friend's dog is on medication for dementia but for my late dog it wasn't the case she had to many other health problems going on. But I would definitely take your dog to get checked over by a vet and they may be able to prescribe something to help or give you some advice. Hope you go on ok .
It is a very critical situation and as you said it is freezing outside then I think to save your dog from getting ill, you must make sure that he will not go outside especially in dark. Also concern with a specialist doctor and discuss whats the matter.
tonib: Sounds like it was a good job we didn't have Roman as a kitten then. He's never misbehaved like that, only his first Xmas with us when he half-inched the stuffing! - I hope that's not famous last words!
Jul 20, 2018 12:47:00 GMT
tonib: Lexie is another matter but usually not breakables - except potentially of herself when she fell behind the large display cabinet/sideboard on being left alone for the 1st time in our dining room aged 2.5 years!!!
Jul 20, 2018 13:27:50 GMT
tonib: She jumped on top (via the table I believe) & managed to fall between it & the wall & appeared to be suspended by her head part way down (the gap narrowed!) I had to get a burly neighbour in to help move it, quickly moving weight/breakables as pos. 1st
Jul 20, 2018 13:34:33 GMT
tonib: She was fine but got checked by vet just in case! That was a heart stopping time, especially her cries!
Jul 20, 2018 13:34:59 GMT
lotsofcats: I can remember when that happened with Lexi.
Jul 20, 2018 18:56:39 GMT
tonib: You've got a good memory, that was in 2012 I posted on the old YC forum
Jul 20, 2018 21:51:09 GMT
Gillykat: Wooohoooo updated piccies of the two new girls been sent.....they look adorable....and as tthough they'll boss Monty around summik rotten! My poor wee man
Jul 25, 2018 19:23:44 GMT
Gillykat: Listen! Can you hear that? SILENCE!!! The three ninjas are all asleep I shall enjoy it whilst it lasts
Aug 3, 2018 8:37:19 GMT
lotsofcats: It won't be for long. When I had kittens I just used to sit and watch them for ages - are you doing that yet?
Aug 3, 2018 11:09:00 GMT
Gillykat: Oh yes......just drinking their adorable cuteness Been picking up and cuddling new boys too and they're starting to realise I'm a harmless idiot who gives them a treat every time I do so.
Aug 3, 2018 15:37:15 GMT
scallywag: Thought they were GIrls ?
Aug 3, 2018 17:23:20 GMT
Gillykat: So did we scallywag Turns out, once I got them home, I checked and both are boys I'm VERY pleased about this cos I adore boy cats....always had absolute sweethearts of that sex in the past
Aug 4, 2018 10:07:36 GMT