Symptoms of Canine Dementia

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If you’re like me you might not even notice that your senior dog is acting rather odd at times. Or you might notice it and not think it unusual. Murphy is a funny guy, an animated little character who surprises me all the time with his quirky behavior. But quirky behavior may be the first sign that something isn’t right.

There are a variety of holistic supplements that may help to reduce stress and tension that can lead to unusual behavior in senior dogs. NaturVet Quiet Moments is a calming soft chew, containing chamomile, passion flower and ginger, that was formulated by veterinarians to help dogs deal with the effects of aging, including symptoms of dementia.

Here are some of the symptoms of Canine Dementia, a brain disease that affects many senior dogs.

  • Strange behavior – Murphy would approach his food bowl and push it around with his nose like he was burying a bone in the dirt. And then he would walk away without eating. He did this every time I fed him.
  • Pacing or anxiousness – Does your dog aimlessly pace and wander around the house? Does he circle round and round?
  • Getting lost in corners or on the wrong side of the door – Dogs with dementia will often stand on the wrong side of a door (the hinge side) waiting for it to open, unsure of what to do next.
  • Doesn’t greet family members as before – If your dog runs to the door every time you come home and suddenly stops, take note.
  • Disorientation – Does your dog seem disoriented, dazed or lost, either out in the street or indoors. Kind of like he walks into a room and doesn’t know why he’s there? Does he stand there staring?
  • Incontinence or loss of house-training – Incontinence may be caused by a medical condition so check with your vet.
  • Doesn’t follow voice commands – Senior dogs often have hearing loss but dogs with dementia may not be able to process even familiar commands.
  • Withdrawing from the family – Is your dog acting differently towards family member. Does he ever look at you like he doesn’t know who you are?
  • Barking for no reason – You may not see a reason but maybe your dog doesn’t recognize you, or is ‘lost’ somewhere in your home and doesn’t know how to find you.
  • Loss of appetite – If your dog isn’t eating see your vet as soon as possible.
  • Sleep irregularities – Some dogs with dementia confuse day and night and others may sleep more than usual.
  • Activity Level – Dogs with cognitive dysfunction withdraw from things, people and sound. They’re less focused and more confused.

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