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TugCE

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Our Macy (Our rescue Golden / Cocker Mix) is just about 15 now and lately she's been acting a little strange at night. First, Macy while she has always been fine with me, she has always shown more "love" towards my Wife. Recently, usually starting around 9 pm, she wants to be near and almost touching me. I smoke so I am usually outside on our Lanai watching TV while my wife is inside. Macy will come to the door and scratch so I let her out and after a couple of minutes she wants to go back into the A/C (She's smarter than I am :-) )

Tonight she has been glued to me for the past several hours. I've taken her back out just in case that was the problem but nothing changed.

What I'm wondering is I've witnessed "Sun Downers Syndrome" in friends before and I'm wondering if this might be something like that and if anyone else have noticed this happening with older dogs?

I will be taking her to see our long time Vet but just worry that she is getting older.

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This is Wikipedia's description of CCD (canine cognitive disorder) and it's pretty accurate.

There are medicines and OTC supplements that can be helpful.

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Older dogs tend to get clingy. It can increase as they age more.

They know they are not as able to defend themselves as when they were younger. They also have more problems hearing, so they are more afraid of being left behind if you get up and leave.

Their staying practically under your feet is a defense mechanism against them being left behind if they don't happen to hear you walking away from them.

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She could be sensing something wrong with you, like the start of cancer from smoking or some other issue starting up.

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1995brave wrote:

She could be sensing something wrong with you, like the start of cancer from smoking or some other issue starting up.

Excellent point!

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dturm wrote:

This is Wikipedia's description of CCD (canine cognitive disorder) and it's pretty accurate.

There are medicines and OTC supplements that can be helpful.

Doug, DVM


Thanks for giving me this link, some of it hits home but others not so much. This gives us someplace to start before we got into our Vet so we can have our questions on hand.

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gbopp wrote:

1995brave wrote:

She could be sensing something wrong with you, like the start of cancer from smoking or some other issue starting up.

Excellent point!


Don't ignore that. Been seeing just that on "Animal Miracles" where animals sense illnesses in humans.


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rightlaneonly wrote:

gbopp wrote:

1995brave wrote:

She could be sensing something wrong with you, like the start of cancer from smoking or some other issue starting up.

Excellent point!


Don't ignore that. Been seeing just that on "Animal Miracles" where animals sense illnesses in humans.


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Moose-dog has developed "old man dog syndrome". He no longer feels it necessary to be "the good boy" that he has always been.

For years, when he got scared, he would crawl behind me on the bed. Now he does it for a variety of reasons - mostly because he has decided he prefers my spot on the bed - and he literally shoves me off the bed. He ignores me completely whenever he doesn't want to do what I want him to do. He has to be reminded to go outside before bed (he will go if I insist, but otherwise will wake up in the night and need to go immediately). He prefers to sleep as late as possible.

Nothing abnormal, no illnesses, etc. He has just decided that he deserves whatever he wants because he's been so good for years. I can't really argue with that logic. His hips are going and he's old for his breed mi, so I just put up with it and tell folks "he's got old man dog syndrome".


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Yes, unfortunately we experienced that with our 14 year old Lab who passed in early April. She started this, then not sleeping at night, which was rough on us. After a couple of weeks of this, we got meds from our vet, which helped, but she was back to this night time behavior in a few days. Switched meds, helped, then back to the same. After an increase in this behavior and increased difficulty in walking we made that tough decision. In spite of it, she was ready. I don't know how to explain how we knew, but she was. It was peaceful for her. Oh how we miss her.


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