Herbs and Supplements That May Reverse Symptoms of Canine Dementia
The following list of herbs and supplements may benefit the overall health of senior dogs and help dogs with dementia. Check with your veterinarian before adding new food or supplements to your dog’s care routine.
Acetyl-L Carnitine – Promotes healthy energy levels and may improve liver function and brain health.
Alpha Lipoic Acid – Attacks free radicals that damage the cells, organs and tissues.
Bacopa – Has been used in India for centuries to enhance memory.
Blueberry Extract – The antioxidants in blueberries help reduce inflammation and protect against oxidative damage.
CBD Oil – Can calm dogs and relieve depression, anxiety and pain.
Chinese Herbs – Believers of herbal medicine say it can improve organ function and the immune system and relieve pain.
Choline – May help to prevent clinical signs of cognitive dysfunction.
Coconut Oil – Can benefit digestion and improve brain energy and mental function.
CoQ10 – Potentially useful to support the function of organs with a high demand for oxygen, including the heart and brain.
Coral Calcium – May strengthen the immune system and nourish geriatric dogs.
Digestive Enzymes – Helps to break down food and make the nutrients available for absorption.
Flaxseed (Ground or Oil) – Supports the immune system, kidneys, digestion, joints, coat and hair.
Ginko Biloba – Ginko is another supplement that may support brain health and mental functioning.
Gotu Kola – Can help strengthen tissues and blood vessels and improve circulation.
Green Lipped Mussels – Can be a natural inflammatory and boosts immunity.
Green Tea Extract – Known to lower the risk of dementia, heart disease and stroke.
Huperzine A – May be effective for dog dementia and seizure conditions.
Medicinal Mushrooms – Can help to activate the immune system and protect against infection and disease.
Melatonin – Helps to regulate sleep patterns, which can be thrown off balance in senior dogs with dementia.
Olive Leaf Extract – Contains antioxidant properties that may reduce inflammation.
Omega 3-6-9 Fatty Acids – May lessen or reverse inflammation, including brain inflammation.
Phosphatidylserine – Studies have shown that this natural lipid may improve cognition and memory.
Probiotics – Believed to inhibit the growth and activity of harmful bacteria and treat and/or prevent gastrointestinal illness.
Resveratrol – May increase an animal’s lifespan by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
Rosemary – Known to help moderate cardiac arrhythmia and strengthen heart function.
SAMe – Is known to detoxify the liver and produce an anti-oxidant effect on the liver.
Seaweed – Useful in reducing inflammation and increasing immunity.
Turmeric – Benefits include a reduction in inflammation and promoting heart and liver health.
Valerian Root – Best known to relieve anxiety and insomnia and control seizures.
Vitamin A, B, C, D, E – These antioxidants may help immune, cell, enzyme function and energy metabolism and help to regulate energy. They may also increase appetite, reduce inflammation and cognitive aging and reduce oxidative damage.
Always check with your vet before changing your dog’s diet or adding supplements.