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Old 01-23-2014, 01:58 PM   #1
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Hi, My dogs name is Dilly he is a 12 year old pug. He has severe athritis. He has also been going blind and is losing his other senses as well. Because he is blind he follows us everywhere, he is always under our feet and we constantly trip on him. We tell him to go lay down your going to get hurt and he won't listen. He is always roaming around and never listens to go lay down dispite the fact he is constantly getting hurt either by us or running into stuff. This is very frustrating, as being pregnant I have almost fallen multiple times over him. Also, he has stopped informing us of when he needs to go potty. He will go in the house multiple times a day without warning, even right after he has been outside for a good amount of time. He knows better than this he has always been such a good obediant dog but now im at my witts end and not sure what to do. We dont want diapers, as soon we will have enough of those to deal with and the dog is messy with himself. We have tried seclusion, but he steps in his own mess and tracks it everywhere! I need suggestions, help anything that could help with this very difficult situation. Thank you.

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Old 01-23-2014, 03:07 PM   #2
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I don't have advise but it sounds like your poor dog has alzheimers or dementia or something.
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:51 PM   #3
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You might join the pug forum they have
lots of people with older and blind pugs
lots of good information

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The forum is call pugvillage

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Has Dilly seen his vet recently? There are medications that can help with incontinence. Also, if he is not really able to see and wants to be near you or other family members he is going to rely on hearing you, which will end up with him being underfoot. I would look into getting an xpen. They are easily moveable from room to room so that he can be with you and yet will confine him to a limited area while still allowing him enough freedom.
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No we havent taken him to the vet very resently. We need to though. Thanks for the imput though at this point anything helps its so hard seeing his senses fail and his body go downhill fast. I will check out the pug forum too! But like my dad said an elderly dog is an elderly dog-dispite the breed. And yeah with how resiliant he is in moving its like a light is on but nobody is home like there could be another element of old age hitting his brain than meets the eye. Thanks everyone!

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Has Dilly seen his vet recently? There are medications that can help with incontinence. Also, if he is not really able to see and wants to be near you or other family members he is going to rely on hearing you, which will end up with him being underfoot. I would look into getting an xpen. They are easily moveable from room to room so that he can be with you and yet will confine him to a limited area while still allowing him enough freedom.
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Yes Ditto too what JGLI said keep him safe in a large play pen and every so often go over and pet him to reassure him you are still there as a comforting meassure but knowing he is in a pen will also stop him getting hurt too
Please let us know how you get on at the vets! And good luck
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Welcome to df! It's so sad to see our beloved fur babies get old.
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Poor baby. The pen idea is a good one, and another idea which may be a bit more unorthodox might be to just go and get a cheapie stroller he can sit in and you just bring with you to whatever room you're in. It'd be simpler to move. If he's arthritic, that'll be much easier on his joints, and it seems like all he wants to do is be near you. You could put a little puppy pad in there and any time he soils it, just throw it away. That way he doesn't make a mess in the room, you don't have to bother actually changing diapers, he doesn't have to walk around on painful joints, and he can be near you wherever you are without ever getting under foot. He'd have to get out of it at some points and walk around, but you should be able to pick up a stroller that works cheap at a yardsale, craigslist or a thrift store like goodwill or the salvation army, and it could really solve a lot of your problems.

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