Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Senility

As your dog approaches the geriatric stage of life, it is important to keep his mind functioning and sharp. We know this to be true of our elderly humans, and it works exactly the same way with our canine friends. Its kind of a "use it or lose it" situation. As long as we require our dog to think, he is less likely to become senile, mentally "soft," or "lost." Symptoms of senility are loss of housetraining, changes in sleep/wake cycles, loss of play, and lack of social interaction.

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction is

• something your vet can diagnose with your help. There is a series of questions that will aid in the diagnosis. There is an effective medication (Selegilene) available that will help to curtail the symptoms of this condition. You and your dog may enjoy better quality of life and peace of mind through this avenue of treatment.

If your dog suddenly begins to dis-

• miss commands, don't assume they are just being difficult. Dismissing commands can mean anything from discomfort in their bodies to becoming forgetful. Low-impact obedience training (without the corrective part of the NO) will provide interaction, attention, and mental stimulation. If your dog appears to be losing her memory, your best tool is patience. You may need to coach her on some things like you did in puppy-hood.

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