Sachi is a vibrant and intelligent collie that Liz Filauri, a member of our PetPlus community, adopted as an adult from a coworker. Fun loving and active as most collies are wont to be, from the moment Sachi came into Liz’s home, she loved nothing more than palling around with the other dogs in the home, Lulu and Rico. “Sachi is a dog’s dog. She loves nothing more than being outside and active, and she does NOT like thunderstorms.”
However, that was many years ago. Today, Sachi is 14-years-old, and it is starting to show. Several difficulties from mobility to cognition are cropping up. It started with a diagnosis for vestibular disease, but after the condition persisted, Sachi’s vet began to suspect canine cognitive dysfunction - aka dementia.
When Dementia Sets In
“It is hard watching such an active dog age so fast,” Liz told us.
After having trouble going up and down the stairs, as well as suffering bouts of forgetfulness and anxiety, it became clear that Sachi was in need of treatment. Sachi was put on a number of medications and supplements to help counteract her laundry list of ailments -- everything from amitriptyline to ease the anxiety, gabapentin, novox, and dasuquin to fight the pain, and selegiline to combat her dementia. “The selegiline seems to be decreasing the amount of ‘zoning out’.”
When asked what advice she might give other PetPlus members, Liz told us “I have taken her to a holistic vet for acupuncture, cold laser, and massage therapy. It seems to ease her muscle spasms and pain.”
How PetPlus Helps
“PetPlus is great because it makes the medication more affordable,” Liz told us.
Since being put on all of these medications, Liz has signed up Sachi for the PetPlus program, saving her a significant amount on medication costs. What’s more, Sachi was signed up after the discovery of her conditions, which is traditionally not allowed by pet health programs, refusing to cover “pre-existing conditions.” PetPlus, on the other hand, would never turn a customer away for any reason, pre-existing or otherwise. “I am very satisfied with PetPlus.”
For any pet parent dealing with a pet’s aging, take it from Liz -- “Be patient and enjoy the time you have with your pet.