Our Leo, now aged 15 suffers with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction.
Sadly it seems that dementia affects our canine companions as often as our human kind.
It’s difficult to watch sometimes, but all in all Leo isn’t too bad, it just means that night time we have to sedate him to get a nights sleep, and that sadly he now suffers with severe separation anxiety, even if we are in the house.
He currently has 1 Calmivet around 5.30pm and then later in the evening he has to have Valium, usually around 8.30-9.00pm. The way the meds have been described to me is that the Calmivet shuts off his brain and the Valium shuts off the body.
For some time now we have had to give him a full 5mg of Valium of an evening (something which I won’t take myself as 5mg makes me feel like a zombie the following day, but for Leo it seems his body processes it differently.
Personally I’d rather not have to give him the Valium, and so over the past few nights I have been trying to reduce the dosage. Tonight is the first night on 1/2 dosage of Valium, and, as suspected, Leo is not settled this evening.
I had to try and reduce his meds, but it seems 2.5mg just isn’t enough and so I am sitting here typing this with the front door wide open and watching him go in and out, unsure as to where he actually wants to be.
He will settle in time, I have given him some Melatonin and that usually will “top up” enough so that he will settle again within the next hour, but it has demonstrated to me that I’ll have to put his Valium back up to 3/4 tablet tomorrow and hope that we do not have a repeat of tonight.
It is hard to watch emotionally, but it has also taken its toll physically with repeated broken nights of sleep so I hope that tomorrow night will be more settled again.
I had to try and reduce his meds though, it would have been wrong of me not to, but it is clear that reducing the Valium isn’t an option.