What is CCD?
CCD is an age-related neurobehavioral syndrome leading to a decline in cognitive function. It can be devastating to the pet/owner relationship, with dogs sometimes even forgetting their people.
We will often watch out loved pets age and become senile. We try and eliminate suffering , ensure a good quality life and work with a trusted veterinarian so that their on no regrets especially on the CCD or canine dementia management. Canine cognitive dysfunction or dog Dementia is an age-related progressive , brain based medical condition.
Canine cognitive dysfunction, or CCD, is similar to Alzheimer’s disease in humans, and it tends to appear in older dogs as the brain ages.
The symptoms can be heartbreaking for an empathetic owner watching their older dog with Alzheimer change , We offer suggestions help treat your dog, make them comfortable, and improve their quality of life.
CCD in dogs can include
- keeping the pet owner up at night - restless or unusual sleep pattern,
- changes in personality,
- Changes in normal, typical behavior,
- Soiling in the home
- barking for no reason
- ,getting lost and staring into space
- acting more withdrawn,
- and failing to respond.
If your dog is experiencing these issues, you should consult your veterinarian, as there is a lot of help and treatments . If your dog is diagnosed with CCD, canine dementia or canine cognitive dysfunction then you should ask your trusted veterinarian to assist the pet more comfortable and providing therapy.
Dementia therapy MUST be individualized to each dog, and is dependent on pet owner support.
1 Routine for canine Dementia
Disorientation is a common symptom and routine such as waking up, feeding schedule, outside time, play time walk time etc should be relatively constant.
Try to developing a routine that you that you can manage in the often hectic lives we have..
There are medications affecting the Bain synapses and nervous system that help alleviate some of the CCD symptoms.
Selegiline is a common one that been useful in managing canine dementia.
Your CCD vet may also use other prescription medication like Valium and Gabopentin and other serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs for CCD symptomatic relief.
3. Natural products - for canine dementia
There are many natural supplements that help alleviate the symptoms of CCD, many if given at the correct doses , are safe Your trusted veterinarian is the goto person..
Melatonin, antioxidants, canabidiol (CBD) oil etc etc . These are all options you should discuss with your veterinarian.
4. Reduce Anxiety
Drugs, and complimentary therapy - walking the dog in a doggie pouch, acupuncture, waking the same route at a leisurely pace.
5. Consistent Environment
"Familiarity breeds attempt " - a consistent environment helps dog dementia.
Keep furniture, around the house in the same position.
Don’t overstimulate; keeping the brain active is very important.
Like we do puzzles and play chess, out dogs need to maintaining their cognitive function to slow CCD progression.
Your best friend your trusted veterinarian will help give you some tips on how to approach these activities.
A walk stimulates the brain , the pets enjoy the array of smells, sights, and sounds. Let your dog sniff a bit at their own pace.
The physical activity is good!