Unfortunately, it’s not just humans who can get dementia. As a dog ages, they may experience cognitive decline. Here are 6 common dementia symptoms in dogs.
- Interaction Changes. Dogs with dementia may forget the other people and animals they once knew, causing them to act strangely around old friends.
- Lowered Energy Levels. Most dogs do get less active with age, but severely less energy, especially when it comes with lack of interest, can point to dementia.
- Disorientation. Does your dog seem lost or confused in familiar places, even your own home? Do they have trouble locating their water bowl, toys, or bed?
- Accidents. A dog who is having accidents inside may be dealing with dementia, as they are losing control of their body – or there may be another underlying problem.
- Obsessive Behaviors. If your dog is performing compulsive or repetitive actions, such as licking, scratching, biting, or pacing, they may be losing cognitive function.
- Sleep-Wake Cycle Changes. A dog with dementia may sleep and wake up and odd times.
How To Help
- Play Games. Go for games that strengthen or exercise the mind. Puzzle toys are a great option.
- Change Diet. Talk to your vet about feeding your dog a diet that can help improve their cognitive ability.
- Supplements. Again, speak to your vet about supplements or medications that may help your dog.
- Socialize. If your dog still wants to play, let them have fun with dog friends to keep them friendly and active.
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