Since I last wrote about my dear old puppy Sassy and her dementia, things are improving. Or at least they’re not really getting any worse.
She’s been on selegiline (the generic version of Anipryl) since Oct. 13, so that’s just under one month. (This is a human medication that’s used to treat Parkinson’s Disease, but it’s been shown to help dogs with dementia, too.) I got a prescription from our vet and ordered it online through Allivet — 60 pills for $55.99. The prices vary widely, so it’s worth it to spend some time looking for the best deal.
She’s also on an omega-3 liquid that we squirt onto her food as well as an antioxidant called Cell Advance. We started her on those in July.
I’d read that it usually takes a month to see any signs of the selegiline working, but we started noticing an improvement in Sassy’s mobility and some increased alertness about two weeks ago.
Before, she was falling down the stairs regularly and having trouble with her motor skills, but now she can jump onto the bed like a champ, and she’s only fallen down the stairs a few times. We don’t have to carry her upstairs as much.
We bought a baby gate a few weeks ago to control when she goes up and down the stairs, and that’s helped a lot with the falling. She usually doesn’t go up or down without us monitoring her.
The house soiling is continuing, which sucks, but it’s not as frequent. She had been pacing a lot, but that’s beginning to taper off.
Despite Sassy’s improved mobility due to the new medication, she still struggles, so I ordered Dr. Buzby’s Toe Grips for her. They arrived last week.
They’re small, thick rubber bands that fit snugly around each nail, front and back, and they provide traction.
She somehow managed to remove them — we found a bunch in her bed and on the floor. But it seems like she’s doing better and better every day, so she probably doesn’t even need them right now anyway. They might come in handy later, so I’m hanging onto them.
I don’t know if the meds will become ineffective eventually or if Sassy will continue to get better, but I’m feeling hopeful!
Dog dementia is heartbreaking, but I’m learning that with the right medications and accommodations, you can help your pup live a better life.
If you have a dog with dementia, I’d love to hear about your experience.