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    Hi Julie! Good to hear about Jax but sorry to hear he is having problems. I havenít posted on the the site for months, only because Annie has been stable and I guess I didnít want to jinxed it. I hope you guys are ok in Chicago. We are just holding our breath here in Spring Valley. Blessings, Karen

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    Hi Karen. So good to hear from you and to hear that Annie is doing well on her meds. I searched through posts yesterday to see if I could find a recent post from you and see how Annie was doing. Jackson is my first dog as an adult and I will be honest, I am struggling watching him age and wondering if I am going to know when life becomes too hard for him. I have a lot of cries just anticipating that awful day. Ok, that is too much heavy stuff.
    I’m surprised to hear you are still in Spring Valley. I thought you were planning on moving back closer to grandkids.

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    Hi Julie,

    Good to hear from you and Jackson again!

    My Squirt developed dementia in her latter years and it was heartbreaking to watch. The worst was when late afternoon and evening came. She had what in humans is called "sundowners" which caused her to be extremely restless and disconnected. She would pace for hours on end even tho I could see how badly it hurt her to keep moving....she simply couldn't stop until she was exhausted. Then often as not, she'd rest a bit and be back at it for a few more hours. I couldn't reach her at all during this either, it was like she couldn't see or hear me. She was 15 when this started. We did use Anipryl and it helped a little bit but what really worked was an OTC product that is sadly no longer available called Novifit. It was a stable SAMe, meaning it could be taken with food for one thing. I called the company and asked them what made their product different from regular SAMe and they explained that it had to do with the molecules. I sat on my end of the phone and nodded "sagely" but didn't understand a word other than it was something about the way the molecules were arranged that made it different from the typical SAMe. I just googled to get some info on it for you and find that the company that makes it, Virbac, has kept the trademark current and some sites are saying it is available only thru a veterinary prescription now. But others still say it is unavailable. It is referred to as Novisame now too so hopefully these small changes mean something positive. I would contact Virbac and talk to them. It was a miracle for my Sweet Bebe! I will tell you that it did not work for all dogs tho. But I used it in two of mine and in both it worked like a charm. So it is worth looking into. I would also ask Jackson's vet if they know anything about it or would see what they could find out about it. Here is a link that give contact info:

    https://www.drugs.com/vet/novifit-s.html

    I also gave a product called PS100. Here is some info on it:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2966935/

    As for the therapy for muscle improvement, I would check and see if there was something available in your area that could do hydro especially that was not in a vet setting. Some place that he wouldn't associate with the vet at all. Some areas have these sort of spas for dogs I guess you could call them that do offer hydro, massage, and other things that might help without causing him added stress. We were lucky in that we had an above ground pool we could use and it did help. Squirt hated it but it did help quite a bit to build up a little mass and help her have better control. I would carry her to the far side of pool, let her go and do my best to beat her to the other side where we would start all over.

    Let us know how he's doing and especially if you learn anything about the Novifit/Novisame!
    Hugs,
    Leslie
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    Leslie, thank you so much for the info. I will definitely be looking into the meds. I believe Jackson is experiencing Sundowners as well. He gets very anxious in the early evening and paces and whimpers for what seems like an eternity. I do feel Jackson would benefit from some therapy so think I will also see if there is an alternative to therapy that won’t be at his vets office.
    Thank you again. This is such a great group to be a part of. I know I will always get knowledge and kind words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxr0806 View Post
    Hi Karen. So good to hear from you and to hear that Annie is doing well on her meds. I searched through posts yesterday to see if I could find a recent post from you and see how Annie was doing. Jackson is my first dog as an adult and I will be honest, I am struggling watching him age and wondering if I am going to know when life becomes too hard for him. I have a lot of cries just anticipating that awful day. Ok, that is too much heavy stuff.
    Iím surprised to hear you are still in Spring Valley. I thought you were planning on moving back closer to grandkids.

    Hi Julie

    OMG! You just took the words right ought of my mouth! Annie is 12 now,by the grace of GOD, but she has been through the worst of it and she still wants to go for rides in the truck with her dad to Starved Rock.
    I ďm so glad you posted your fears because those are what I think of every day.

    Annie also has cataracts and will see her eye doc in Elgin,Il next Mon. Iím hoping for the best, which is stable. I wonít go because of COVID. When Jerry gets there, he phones in and they will pick Annie out of the truck and bring her back when sheís done .


    We are still planning on moving back to Kansas City when it is safe. I just cannot get my head around this virus stuff. We are so safe itís laughable. Yesterday Jerry was working in the garage and he had a phone call on our home phone. Well I put on my mask, hand him the phone with gloves on , and he just looked at me like I was an idiot-which I was. Iíll own it.

    Anyway, back to Jax, you mentioned a med I never heard of and I wrote it down to ask my vetóI have noticed trembling in her hind legs. Iím just like you JulieóBlessings to you and your family. Karen

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