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CANINE DEMENTIA

CANINE DEMENTIA INFORMATION AND RESOURCES


What is canine dementia?

Canine dementia, also known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), is a disease prevalent in dogs that exhibit symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease shown in humans.[1]

CCD creates pathological changes in the brain that slow the mental functioning of dogs resulting in loss of memory, motor function, and learned behaviors from training early in life. In the dog’s brain, the protein beta-amyloid accumulates, creating protein deposits called plaques. As the dog ages, nerve cells die, and cerebrospinal fluid fills the empty space left by the dead nerve cells.[2] Canine cognitive dysfunction takes effect in older dogs, mostly after 10 years of age. Although there is no known cause of CCD, genetic factors have been shown to contribute to the occurrence of this disease.[3] … Wikipedia

Click the links below for more information about Canine Dementia and for options to help your senior dog manage the symptoms and live a longer, healthier life.

Is there life after a diagnosis of Canine Dementia?

There certainly is and Murphy is proof of that fact. At 17 years old Murphy is happy and thriving almost 2 years after his symptoms started.

Always check with your vet before changing your dog’s diet or adding supplements.