Can my dog get dementia?
Yes! Doggy dementia (also known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction) has been recognised for some time and has many similarities to Alzheimer’s disease in humans.
Some of this signs of the disease can be subtle so you may not even realise your elderly canine is suffering from the disease.
Watch out for:
– Disorientation and confusion
– Lack or decreased levels of interaction with family members or other pets
– A disturbance in sleep patterns, pacing at night, unable to settle
– Forgetting toilet training
– Reduced activity levels
– Barking for no reason, staring at walls, getting stuck in corners
The most important point to remember is that there are many other diseases that can lead to any of the signs of dementia so diagnosis involves assessment of your pet and is a process of elimination. This is just another example of why regular checkups are essential for a senior pet.
The good news is that we have a prescription diet available that may help improve brain function as well as medications that may improve the condition and others to help reduce any anxiety your pet may be experiencing.
Ask us for more information if you are worried about your pet.