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CCD: Signs and Support

Dog dementia or technically known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), is a disorder in which a dog's brain does not operate as effectively as it used to.

Dementia is diagnosed based on behavior rather than clinical examinations, but specific tests may be conducted in order to rule out other possible causes of symptoms.

Canine dementia is prevalent as dog's age, but it is a treatable disorder that can be managed.

Signs and symptoms of Dementia in canines

The following are common canine dementia symptoms:

  • Refusing to respond
  • General disorientation
  • Failure to recognize other pets or family members/dogs, parents
  • Unwillingness to move
  • Forgetting orders and commands
  • Forgetting house training (accidents inside the home)
  • Reject their owners
  • Excessive whining or barking, as well as restlessness and pacing

All these signs and symptoms may or may not manifest themselves in dementia. If your dog exhibits some of these signs (but not all of them), it may indicate some other condition. For example, if your pup is no longer able to recognize you or your voice when you call their name, it is possible that they have a problem with either their eyesight or their hearing. Similarly, If they are unable to move, they may be suffering from arthritis.

The most essential thing you can do as a pet owner is to keep an eye on your pet at all times. Contact your veterinarian immediately if something doesn't appear to be quite right.

What is the most effective method of treating canine dementia?

There is currently no accepted treatment for dog dementia available at this time. In addition, the condition leads to the brain's physical degeneration, making it impossible to revert these tissues to their pre-disorder states with a simple treatment. Although research into this field is already ongoing, potential treatments include stem cell therapy and possibly genetic solutions. Prescription drugs, dietary adjustments, nutritional/dietary supplements, and surgery are some of the other options.

We recommend that you should first consult with a veterinarian in order to determine the most appropriate treatment options for your canine companion.

Is it possible to prevent canine dementia from occurring?

Because the exact origin of dog dementia is unknown, it is difficult to determine the most effective ways of prevention. In contrast, keeping your dog mentally and physically active may help him prevent developing dementia. It is advised that you engage in the following activities with your dog to maintain their intellect bright and healthy:

  • Ensure that your canine obtains frequent physical activity.
  • Provide your dog with a nutritious, whole-food diet.
  • Teach them some new tricks.
  • Try playing together with your pup.
  • Eliminate access to toxins
  • Consider giving additional vitamins that are beneficial to your dog's brain.
  • Allow your dog to be exposed to new things and engage in frequent socializing.
  • Avoid putting your canine companion in stressful circumstances if at all possible.

If you suspect your dog is suffering from signs of dementia please consult with your vet.

Dr Sadia, DMV

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