• Anyone here dealing/dealt with elderly basenji having cognitive dysfunction? We are quite sure that our 15 1/2 year old guy is dealing with it now and has been for a little while. We don't know what to do for him, or if we should make the decision to be merciful. He just constantly roams around the house, even when he can barely stand anymore...HELP!

  • Have you consulted with your Vet? There is medication that could help.

  • We are going to talk to vet soon, we are just questioning, even with meds, how much quality of life he has right now. Even when he no longer steady on his feet at all because of how long he's been up wandering the house, he will jump to his feet on the couch and want down, just to wander some more. It's just making us sad to watch him. Most of the things he used to do and love he's not doing anymore. 😞

  • @rgrumet - They all react differently.... no way to tell before hand

  • If he is not in pain and is eating, this is a hard decision to make. I would try the meds and see what happens.

  • My Tifi had CBD in her later years. There is an excellent group on FB who will recommend various medications that help. It's usually necessary to find a balance that'll help. Hopefully, your vet will also prescribe something. If you can join you'll find a great band of friends who understand.
    Tifi enjoyed her last years and had a great quality of life although when she first developed it, like you, I thought that she might have to be 'put to sleep'. Please give him a chance and you will find great benefits.
    Eileen Anderson has written 'Remember Me. Loving and Caring for a Dog with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction' which is available on Amazon and is a really worthwhile and helpful book.

  • My brother had a basenji that lived to the age of 17 years of age. In his later months of life he would roam the house @ night and crash into the walls - he said it was as if he had dementia. His eyesight declined and his ability to control his bodily functions suffered. He said he also lost interest in going for his daily walks and chasing squirrels. The one sense he said that stayed Keen until the end was his sense of smell. He unfortunately had to make a decision to put him down because it was not fair to the dog - that very sad day.

  • This article is timely. Our little Cleo who is almost 16 1/2 roams around the house much of her awake hours. When my wife and I gather in a bedroom or somewhere in the house together she will join us and sometimes lay down. It seems as if she is more comfortable when she is moving. We give her two tablets of carpofen each day. One early in the morning and one mid afternoon. It seems to take the edge off. When giving her other meds prescribed by the vet she basically has no mobility whatsoever and seems very out of it. I appreciate the wisdom and insights offered up here on this particular forum.

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    Amazing animals they are. We have had her since she was a pup. She has definitely been a handful but well worth it. She still seems to be very active and wants to run around a lot. Her hearing and eyesight are feeling as well and she cannot jump up onto the couch or I should say fly up onto the couch like she used to. She still seems to be very active and wants to roam around a lot. Her hearing and eyesight are failing as well and she cannot jump up onto the couch or I should say fly up onto the couch like she used to.

    Chewelah, WA

  • Mine did the same thing but they said she may have a tumor or cancer. It came down to incident where Little Debbie came up missing. I came home from work and We could hear her yodeling. I looked all over for her. It was snowing outside. My son and I realized we didn't check the window wells as we have a doggie door. She had climbed under the bench that covered the window well. She was stuck and covered in snow. We didn't know how long. I got her out. She walked away like nothing happened. The outcome could have been worse had I not come home. We took a look at her quality of life and if we could keep her safe. My cuddle buddy could no longer be cuddled. We did what was best for her and the pack.

  • Talk to the vet by all means but remember, letting them go with dignity is the last chance you get to show these incredible animals how much you love them.

    I have had. . . . LOTS of Basenjis over almost 40 years - up to 8 at a time. One and all they have indicated that their time has come and asked for help to cross the Bridge. Some have been 17, 16, 15, 14 years old. The youngest was about 10.5.

    But there comes a time when we have to do the 'best' for our beloved pets. NOT the best for us, which might mean not helping them leave us cos we can't bear to part with them.

    We owe it to our Basenjis never to keep them going when the time has come.

    Good luck in making the right decision.

  • @zande said in Cognitive Dysfunction:

    We owe it to our Basenjis never to keep them going when the time has come.

    Good luck in making the right decision.

    A very wise friend once told me, when I was struggling with this decision, that it was better to wonder if you made it too soon than know for sure you had left it too late. I have been guilty of that a couple of times, which helped me when I had to let my last boy go....

    Never, ever easy, and I miss him every day.

  • If you are on Facebook, there is a Canine Cognitive Dysfunction support group. Great help. They gave me lots of info
    when I was going through this with my Jenna. She was "almost" 17. She ate like there was no tomorrow, but would get
    stuck in places and at times couldn't seem to figure out how to get out.
    She had a seizure one night before I got home from work, and had found her on the floor (which was not a cause for
    concern), but found she had been attacked by my other 2 b's. There was blood, but not bad. Couldn't find any puncture
    wounds. I got her in the tub with warm water, very little water, as she HATES water. Got her cleaned up as best as I could.
    I think with all that was going on with her, and with the seizure and being attacked, it was just too much for her poor body
    to handle. She had crossed the bridge before morning. I know she's at peace now, and has a new whole body. It just
    feels strange and weird from going from 3 basenji's, down to 2. Jenna was always under or around my feet. I find myself
    still looking for her at times.
    Good luck with your pup. He will let you know when its time. He will stop eating and drinking; among other things. My oldest basenji now will be 15 on Nov 30. Semi deaf, eye's are semi cloudy, but can still see. So far he's not showing any
    signs of this disease. My youngest b will be 9 in Dec.

  • Reading all these statements on aging basenjis has now made me aware of the aging of my own dog. My Kembe is currently 13 years 9 months. These are some of the changes I have noticed in the past several months:

    1. No longer can jump on our bed
    2. I have to carry her down the stairs in our house (will go up stairs - unless she’s really tired)
    3. Doesn’t need her “puzzle bowl” to eat - use to eat too fast & needed a puzzle bowl to slow her down.
    4. Changed from 80% kibble & 20% wet - to 60% kibble & 40% wet
    5. Lymphomas and little warts on her body and her little face is now white.
      Overall she is in excellent shape - she still walks 3 Xs a day and puts in a total of 3 - 4 miles per day. She is eager to go for her walks and still wants to chase squirrels and rabbits. My vet says she’s in excellent shape for her age and said her daily exercise routine and maintaining her weight were contributing factors.
      I can not imagine my life without this dog - she brings me so much happiness and I sympathize with those of you that have to make difficult decisions as your babies age. 🐾🐕

  • I_ totally empathise with all of you regarding canine dementia. The vet first obviously but please have a look at the Facebook page where you will find loads of helpful advice. I have stayed as a member after Tifi died (naturally, I should add) purely to be able to give help where I can.
    I was at my wits' end when totally out of character she seriously attacked her brother who previously she adored. I consulted a behaviourist who was not at all useful. I was considering having her put down but then heard of a book 'Remember Me' by Eileen Anderson that I mention in my earlier post.
    It was a turning point for Tifi and me. I joined the CCD Facebook group and found others very helpful.
    She improved using various medicines and techniques and went on to have a happy life until finally her kidney function packed up and she died very peacefully one night having looked into my eyes and said her goodbye. She was 15. Unless you've been through this it is so easy to talk of lack of quality of life and selfishness. Give your dogs a chance, please.
    Hugs to you all.

  • We had Sydney seen at the vet's office last night...the news was not good. She classified his condition as severe. 😞 My husband came home devastated and I hate to see him like that. I had expected that was going to be her diagnosis, but to be honest, once I heard it and it sunk in, I definitely wasn't ready to deal with it. We spent most of the evening off and on in tears. We are going to give him the meds for a little bit, but no one is expecting any improvements, but at least we can say we tried. Our plan is to give our boy all of his favorites over the next several weeks and just love him to pieces as best we can. Thank you all for your opinions and support, they are greatly appreciated!

  • @rgrumet - Hugs!

  • Don't overdue the treats - just the love. And remember the huge amount of love you give by letting him go with dignity.

    Hugs from here too

  • My thoughts are with you. This is never an easy time, but one that comes to us all if we have animals that share our lives.

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