Karen Honolulu, Hawaii 2/17/2014 7:35:09 PM My cocker has been free to roam the house for 18 years. Now she has dementia and paces all the time in circles. Her eyesight is bad, so she has been banging into things, and developed a hematoma. We ordered a helmet for her. We also got a child's playpen with netting so that she won't hurt her head. But with her weak hind legs, she'll lose balance and can't get up, and is in distress often, yelping and crying. But we can't let her roam free since the helmet comes off at times. The vet has suggested crating her when we're not home. That would be 8 hours every week day. She eats well and drinks water and passes urine and stool. She fights to get up every time she's down. So we have decided to care for her and not put her down. Any insight would be heartfelt.