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Old deaf dog.

Species: Dog
Breed: terrier cross
Age: More than 15 ye
my dog is 16 yrs old and since he's gone deaf he gets very agitated when left, although there is another dog in the house, is there anything we can give him to help calm him down




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Sorry to hear that your dog is having problems.

There are a few things that could potentially help your dog.

Some dogs as they get older can get something called cognitive dysfunction. This is similar to senility in people. Dogs with this condition can often be helped by medication called either Anipryl or Novofit or a food called Hill's b/d. However, they are not miracle cures.

We don't generally prescribe sedatives to help older dogs in this situation, but sometimes we will prescribe anti-anxiety medications such as amitryptiline or clomicalm.

You may also want to have your vet examine Seb to determine if he has any arthritis which is really common in older dogs. If so, a trial of anti-inflammatory medication may be very helpful.



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