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  1. Article about dog dementia

    Such an interesting article. We are currently living this with our darling 12 and 1/2 year old Iggie girl Tari, and it's so hard. I think it started about 6 months ago. Previously, if anxious, eg storms, she could always be comforted. But now it's heartbreaking to watch as she suffers such terrible anxiety - involuntary jerking, bucking, body twitches, pacing, constantly following us and jumping up onto our laps and down again over and over, clawing up at our legs if we're standing, scratching at doors, jumping dangerously over furniture, etc and nothing can comfort her. This can go on for hours. It's hard to believe such a tiny little body can continue with such non stop frantic hyperactivity for so long. It's as if she's possessed! It first happened just at night, but is now happening all day as well. Initially, under our vet's supervision, 1/4 tablet of alprazolam (same as xanax) did the trick, just enough to enable her to relax, and us to sleep, and things improved. But things deteriorated and soon 1 tablet each night was needed. Once again things improved, and we had almost a month of calm nights - bliss, as I was so sleep deprived. I was sitting up with her to enable others to sleep. Now it has escalated and we are at the limit of 1 tablet each 8 hours. It is only giving her relief for 5-6 hours and then I have to sit with her 'til she can have the next dose. It's so day to day and all so hit and miss. Sometimes she will relax within 1/2 to 3/4 hour of having the tablet, other times it takes 2 hours! It's so distressing and heartbreaking to see her like this. Even though our vet has mentioned Canine Cognitive Dysfunction - this article has shed light on the sad reality, interesting the progress is so much quicker, we may have to face a very sad and tough decision at some point. During her "normal" hours she is quite good, enjoying a walk , has a spring in her step and plays a little bit with the other dogs, but as soon as she starts clinging to us, and the bucking and involuntary body jerks start we know her anxiety is taking over. Sorry for the essay! This is something we have never experienced and had no idea how severe it can be.
  2. Italian Greyhounds

    Hi stellnme, Awww, so lovely to see your two gorgeous little girls, they are just beautiful. How lucky they are to have found such a warm, caring home with you and their big brother. Sending lots of pats and smooches, and licks and cuddles from my iggies.
  3. Widget: From Big Belly To Babies!

    Hi Kirislin! Happy Birthday to darling Neko. Enjoy your yummy birthday dinner gorgeous girl. Pats and smooches to all your beautiful doggies.
  4. Sighthounds

    Never too many photos of Bella! She is so beautiful.
  5. Widget: From Big Belly To Babies!

    Wishing gorgeous Neko a very happy 4th birthday.
  6. Oh Kirislin, what a scare, your heart must have been pounding. Dear Feather, beautiful girl, hope you enjoy more happy times with your Mum, she's looking after you so well.
  7. Greyhounds

    So sorry you have lost Patch CBL
  8. Italian Greyhounds

    Hi everyone and your beautiful iggies. I can't believe our little darlings, Bella and Tari had their 10th birthday last week. They are still very active and can give their 6 year old brother, Blaze, a run for his money. They love daily walks and games of chase, tug and bitey neck, although their favourite activity is enjoying the sun, or snuggling under a blanket on the couch. We love them so much. I don't want time with them to fly by so fast!
  9. Widget: From Big Belly To Babies!

    Your little darlings are so beautiful Kirislin. Love all your photos. Lucky iggymum (. )
  10. Italian Greyhounds

    Hi indigirl Poppy and puppies So sorry about Paris. I think we all dread them breaking a leg, especially the way they hoon around. Doesn't look like it's stopping her. She looks like Blaze
  11. Widget: From Big Belly To Babies!

    I'm enjoying all the beautiful photos of gorgeous Neko and her darling puppies So cute
  12. Widget: From Big Belly To Babies!

    Congrats!! So pleased all is well. So happy for you and Neko and welcome to the world gorgeous puppies. So relieved for you. Now you can enjoy them - no doubt not much will get done as you watch them grow and develop
  13. Widget: From Big Belly To Babies!

    Best wishes to you and beautiful Neko. Hope all goes well, thinking of you and looking forward to happy news and cute puppy pics.
  14. Italian Greyhounds

    Yes, Happy New Year to everyone I'm so happy to see that beautiful photo Dogmad. So pleased it all worked out and Zenzo is home. Another one of your amazing happy ever after stories
  15. Italian Greyhounds

    Wow, how exciting!! Congrats to you and Neko. Fun times ahead looking forward to puppy photos
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