Canine Cognitive Dysfuntion

Have you noticed your elderly pet going through “old age” changes? Did you know that dogs and can get dementia? It is called Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD). It is caused by formation of plaques in the brain which leads to neuron damage and tiny micro bleeds.

Signs of CCD are changes in sleeping habits, memory loss, separation anxiety, increased fear of places/locations, fearful of visitors and family members, house training problems pacing/wandering, barking and obsessive licking.

Because these clinical signs can start slowly and gradually progress they may be overlooked as normal “aging”. If you have noticed changes in your pet, talk to your veterinarian. An exam is needed to confirm your suspicions and together you can discuss the treatment options which can include medications, behavior modification supplements and diet changes.

If you have any concerns with your pet call or make an appointment to discuss further.