When your dog starts to show signs of senility or sundowners syndrome, you may witness the following:
- pacing (day or middle of the night)
- crying when there’s no clear cause
- staring at a wall or other object
- barking for no clear reason
- anxiety or stress
- fear of being alone (that starts late in life)
- not wanting to walk on their own
- weary of people coming near (even those who they are familiar with)
- intentionally urinating in the house even though they are housebroken (different than incontinence)
- fear of doing things they used to do often (i.e. riding in the car, going to certain places)
Senility can develop into dementia, and you will witness further signs of mental confusion and distress or all of the symptoms above become more frequent or heightened.
There are products that can ease the symptoms, but sadly there is not a way to reverse going senile. Most of the products help ease confusion or relieve anxiety. We only recommend holistic products, and it does take trial and error to find which ones work for your dog. Sometimes it is a combination of items working together that seems to do the trick. I would start keeping a log of symptoms. It can help identify patterns, like perhaps there is a specific time your dog paces, or the treatments work best when given at a certain time of day. It is going to be different for every dog, but I can help with ideas that can help you best care for your senior dog.