We have the belief that Dementia is a disease common in aged humans only. But dogs can also get dementia as they age. It is called canine cognitive dysfunction – a difficult period for a pet owner to adjust to because it often affects his pet’s life adversely, changing his/her overall behavior.
Symptoms of dog dementia
- Loss of house training
- Wandering or vocalizing behavior
- Less desire to play
- Changes in sleep cycle
- Lack of self-grooming
- Incapability to follow familiar routes
With the help of an experienced vet, your dog can be diagnosed with cognitive dysfunction. The condition should be properly diagnosed because the signs can also be symptoms of other medical issues such as infection, cancer or drug failure. Brain of your aging dog experiences numerous changes that may add to the cognitive issues.
Though the condition can’t be prevented because aging is a part of life, we can decrease the chances of developing canine dementia by stimulating the dog’s life.
Treatment for dementia in dogs
There are many medications available for treating dog dementia, which are found to amazingly improve symptoms and quality of life. You have to seek veterinary attention for proper treatment administration. Vitamins and supplements like Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants are proved to be improving dementia in dogs.
There are certain herbs for treating dementia in dogs. Some of them include;
Ginkgo: This is an anti-aging herb that is already proved effective in treating Alzheimer’s disease in human as well as animal. It boosts long term and short term memory problems in dogs of all ages.
Gotu Kola: This herb is used in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine for memory issues and stress-related disorders.
Bacopa: Since centuries, this herb has been employed in India to boost memory and concentration.