Dog dementia is also called dog alzheimer’s disease. Your vet may refer to it as canine cognitive disorder. It is the most common chronic degenerative nerve problem in old dogs. Dog dementia is a form of senility that affects the mind of an old dog. An estimated 68 percent of dogs are affected are 15 or 16, as well as 28 percent of dogs 11 or 12 years of age. Around 30 percent of dog owners with aging dogs that are 11-12 years old report signs of senility. At least 75 percent of owners with dogs 15 years or older report signs of dementia.
The symptoms of dementia can vary, but can include decreased attention to surroundings, increased sleep, elimination indoors, anxiety, failure to recognize owner and barking aimlessly.
There is no diagnostic test and no cure for canine dementia. It is diagnosed on a review of medical history, physical examination and tests calling out other causes of mental decline including, hypothyroidism, heart failure, kidney failure, cancer and adrenal disease. There are several choices of treatment for dementia in dogs which can slow it’s development.
The drug Selesiline may help pets with a cognitive disorder. The drug can be effective in up to 80 percent of dogs after at least two months of therapy. Side effects are rare, but can occur and certain other drugs can not be give at the same time.
There are several natural therapies that help dogs with canine dementia. Fish oil with omega-3 fatty acids, various antioxidants, alpha lipoic acid and L-carnitine may benefit dogs with Canine Cognitive disorder.
A product called Cholodin has been used successfully to treat dogs with dementia. Combing Cholodin with natural therapies has delayed or prevented the onset of senile dementia in dogs. This preventive protocol is begun in all dogs at 5 years of age.
There is success in treating dogs with canine cognitive disorder with a number of nutritional supplements. Using B complex vitamins to maintain proper neurological function and success using milk thistle and ginkgo biloba. Antioxidants such as Quercetin and Co-Q10 can be helpful too.
It is important to check heart function
All dogs should eat a natural well balanced diet to prevent excessive oxidation leading to nerve damage. Most dogs with canine cognitive disorder are middle aged or geriatric.
With early diagnosis, dementia can be effectively treated in most dogs by using natural therapies. It may be possible to decrease the incidence of or totally prevent dementia by starting your dogs on natural therapies.