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So was your bloodwork such as a CBC/Chemistry 10 normal? And has your doctor tried any behavior modification drugs yet?
No elevations in any liver or kidney values?
Is she hurting herself in anyway? Irritation around the face? Does she have any periodontal/teeth disease?
Well that is fantastic. I'm glad to hear that she is healthy and not hurting herself.
I had a case very similar to your baby where she would either lick or rub her face on the floor. She also was not hurting herself, but mom and dad wanted to try something. So, we tried some behavior modification medications since dementia can start to occur at her age.
The medication I tried and ended up helping her was Selegiline. She is of course on this for the rest of her life but her behaviour improved. I also started her on daily Fish Oil supplements and on the Hill's B/D Diet (it's a brain diet).
I would talk to your vet about trying these and then perhaps rechecking her bloodwork in 1 month to make sure the liver and kidney values are still normal while on the medication.
Like I said, this worked for my patient but of course every pet is different so if it does not work, do not be disheartened. There are other medications and of course, animal behaviorists or internal medicine specialists who might have their own therapies.
Yeah I would continue the salmon oil then and continue the W/D so she doesn't have a flare-up, but definitely discuss the option for Selegiline.
I hope this helps :) Have a wonderful evening and please rate me when you have a moment. Happy belated New Year!