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Coping with doggy dementia

Write By: admin Published In: ROOT Created Date: 2024-07-01 Hits: 33 Comment: 0

My 18 year old Greggy has doggy dementia.

I wanted to share my story. I few years ago I adopted a beautiful senior cream wire dachshund, Greg. He is now 18 and showing signs of doggy dementia. I have experience doggy dementia with a couple of my other seniors. It can become quite challenging with rapid behavioural changes. A few weeks ago Greg started whining and barking at bed time. I knew immediately it was the begining of doggy dementia.

I have found the best thing to when faced with signs of doggy dementia is to figure out what will calm your doggo. Greg has gone from hating cuddles to loving cuddles and the cuddles calm him to a point where I can pop him in his bed and he will sleep all night.

One of the most difficult things to deal with is toileting inside. Please do not tell your senior off, just like humans, dogs can lose control of their bladder and bowel. I simply pop a washable pee pad down. Greg does use it most of the time (except when his aim is a bit off!). Remember, you have taken on an amazing being who will only be with you for a short time. Treat them with the respect you would like when you are a senior yourself!

Doggy dementia, also known as canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) or cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS), is a condition that affects older dogs similar to how dementia affects humans.

Sadly it is a degenerative condition of the brain that can cause various symptoms, including:

  • Disorientation: your dog may seem confused or lost even at home in familiar surroundings.
  • Changes in Sleep Patterns: often they sleep more during the day and will be awake at night.
  • Toileting inside: accidents indoors may increase due to loss of bladder or bowel control.
  • Behavioral Changes: this can include increased anxiety, irritability, or changes in social interaction.
  • Decreased Activity: there may be less interest in play or exercise.
  • Changes in Appetite: loss of appetite or changes in eating habits.

If you suspect your dog is showing signs of dementia, please consult with your vet who can help diagnose the condition and suggest some strategies to help, including dietary changes, supplements, medications, and environmental modifications to help improve your doggo's quality of life.

Do get in touch if you are struggling with your dog's doggy dementia.

Naomi x

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