It is well known that ageing takes a toll on our entire body including our brain - and the same goes for our pets.
Research confirms that our pets can suffer from dementia and the disease that affects dogs (known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction) has many similarities to Alzheimer's disease in humans.
Common signs of canine dementia may include:
- Disorientation and confusion
- Lack or decreased levels of interaction with family members or other pets
- A disturbance in sleep patterns
- Forgetting toilet training
- Reduced activity levels
While canine dementia has been recognised for some time, there is now increasing evidence that cats may suffer from senility too and signs commonly include vocalising, lack of grooming, agitation and forgetting how to use the litter tray.
The most important point to remember is that there are many other diseases that can lead to any of the signs of dementia so diagnosis involves assessment of your pet and is a process of elimination.
The best news is that we have have prescription diets and medication available that may help improve brain function.