Dog Dementia: Watch Out for These Signs

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Dementia is a severe condition and humans aren’t the only ones to be affected by it. Even dogs can end up suffering from dementia as they grow older. Dementia in dogs is referred to as canine dementia or clinically, “Canine Cognitive Dysfunction”. Dementia basically involves brain deterioration and the loss of cognitive functions. Like humans, it is the older dogs that are normally affected by dementia. But, there are cases where even dogs as young as 6 have been diagnosed with dementia. So, it isn’t purely an age-related condition.In fact, in younger dogs, there could be an underlying condition that’s causing dementia. So, it’s best to take him/her to the vet. The cause of canine dementia remains unknown. However, medical experts suspect that it has something primarily to do with the affected dog’s genes.So, whether you have an elderly dog or a young one, these are the signs of dementia you need to be looking out for.

Confusion and disorientation

If you start noticing that your dog is suddenly confused or disoriented, it could be that dementia has begun to set in. This is especially true if your dog happens to be quite old. What should really alert you to this is if your dog isn’t normally “clueless”.

Loss of interest in activities

As a younger version of himself/herself, your dog might have shown plenty of enthusiasm towards playing or indulging in outdoor activities. However, if she begins to show a loss of interest in such activities as age catches up, it could be an early sign of dementia.But, as mentioned earlier, do not always consider age as a primary factor. Even if your younger dog shows this symptom, consult a vet immediately.

Disregard for rules

If your dog has been trained well and begins to disregard his/her training all of a sudden, you could be looking at dementia. Of course, there is a small chance that he/she might be just acting out. However, well trained dogs don’t do that too often. Also, if your dog is old, it is, most likely, dementia.

Aimlessness

Dogs affected by dementia lose the ability to recognize their surroundings and even lose memory of objectives. You can find them roaming around aimlessly. In fact, they‘ll even stare at walls or other objects without any purpose.

Forgetfulness

Dogs that once used to known every nook and corner of the house will begin to lose track of entrances and exits. This is another strong symptom of dementia. They also lose memory of where they used to relieve themselves or take a nap etc. If you start seeing these symptoms in your dog repeatedly, it would be a good idea to visit your vet and seek out treatment for dementia.

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