Murphy’s Blog

One dog’s journey through canine cognitive dysfunction.

Mimicking the Symptoms of Senior Dog Dementia?


Niko, 13-1/2 years old

On August 13, 2018 Murphy stopped eating. He wouldn’t eat his favorite food or treats and he wouldn’t eat my food. In fact, I don’t think he even recognized food as food.

From one day to the next. Like a light switch. Continue reading

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Go Murphy Go! Murphy’s Winning the Fight!

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January 24, 2019

Murphy is doing so well! We’re down to a system although I remain aware that the system can change at any time. Murphy is eating most of his meals on his own, and every evening I syringe-feed him his holistic supplement cocktail. I vary the time of the feeding and the amount of each ingredient so he doesn’t get used to a specific amount at a specific time. That gives me a little leeway, because perfection is a tough taskmaster! Continue reading

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The Magic of Holistics

August 19, 2018

This picture was taken 6 days after Murphy’s symptoms of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction first surfaced. He stopped eating, forgot how to walk up stairs, was incontinent and confused. He didn’t seem to know me or know where he was. He stood in the corner of our living room staring at the wall until I moved him. Continue reading

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Murphy’s Holistic Cocktail

nuleaf cbd oilBefore we start, I want to reiterate the following. This is Murphy’s journey. His healthcare and supplement protocol are specific to him. Please use his journey as a guidepost, not a hitching post. Do your own research. Speak to your veterinarian if your dog has signs of CCD or any other illness, and always check with your vet before changing your dog’s food or adding supplements. Every dog is different and what works for one may not work for another.

With that clearly said, here’s Murphy’s Holistic Cocktail: Continue reading

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First Symptoms

Murphy, 15-1/2 years old!

One day he was fine and the next day he wasn’t. That’s how fast it happened. One day he’s my adorable, energetic 15-1/2 year old boy, always happy, always ready for a treat, always licking the bowl clean, and the next day, like a light switch, he’s not eating anything, not even his favorite treats. That was August 13, 2018 and he hasn’t eaten normally since. Continue reading

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