janet wrote:but at 15 she can be forgiven all that, still keeps up a reasonable quality of life..... wanders in circles in parts of the house between mealtimes which i think is a canine type of dementia but it distresses her more to stop her circling than to let her stop it herself so I let her stop in her own time and try to second guess when the circling means 'I really need to go out and .....'. Sometimes it takes a while to get it right but we have relatively few accidents and i think that when someone has been in the family for so very long then they deserve to have a bit more attention and respect for their dignity.
Sorry to hear about your losing Barney Janet (((hugs)))
We sort of have trouble with Xena 'circling' some of the time but were told by the guys at the RSPCA not to try and stop her as it's not really harmful and can be a kind of comfort reflex that feels pleasurable for her(in canines being dizzy seems to release endorphins or something?
). We're now seeing her do it more when she's excited or happy about mealtimes or about to go out to play and when there's nothing much happening she's more likely to come to us for cuddles, so I think you're right not to be too concerned unless it's getting around to comfort break time