Cognitive decline is a progressive condition that happens over time as dogs age.
What are the signs?
- Changes in social interactions
- Separation anxiety
- Sleep cycle changes
- House soiling
- Changes in appetite
- Weight loss
- Increased or decreased vocalization
- Decreased responsiveness to their environment
Talk to your vet.
- Visit your vet and talk about what is going on with your dog. To help you navigate this conversation, an assessment tool has been created to narrow down symptoms. Click here to download, fill it out and take it with you to your next vet appointment.
What can you do?
- Keep your dog fit by taking them on plenty of walks. Exercise is good for mind and body.
- Keep them mentally engaged. This can be through recall games, changes in scenery on your walks or meeting new dogs for them to play with.
- Their diet is very important so read the label. Meat should be the #1 ingredient. And try to avoid ingredients you can't pronounce. Diets rich in antioxidants and omega-3s have been shown to help decrease the risk of your dog developing cognitive disease.