Does this sound familiar to you? Here's my situation: My dog is 16 years old and doing pretty well considering. However, I have noticed a few of the telltale signs of dementia over the past year or so. She is not as responsive to commands as she used to be, but I also know for sure that she she is going deaf. She sometimes goes to the wrong sides of doors, but perhaps her vision is fading. Occasionally she has a urinary accident in the house, despite the fact that she has been perfect with housetraining since she was four months old. Yet, she has kidney disease, so maybe that's the reason she sometimes cannot hold her bladder. She does sleep a lot, sometimes paces and is generally less active, but what if that is simply due to her arthritis? The truth is, her symptoms are classic for all of her diseases AND for dementia. If I am being honest with myself, she is probably in the early stages of dementia. Yes, my dog is likely going senile.
Does that sound like your dog? Chances are, your senior dog will develop some signs of dementia as he ages. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help him. Read all about Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, also called Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome. Once you have a better understanding of the disease, there will be much more you can do to help your dog. If you think your dog is going senile, visit your vet to make sure. There may not be a cure, but there are options.
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