6 symptoms to look for in aging pets.
Is your pet aging well physically but you think they may be having some cognitive dysfunction? Check out the six points below and if your pet is suffering because of any of them contact your veterinary team to see if they can offer some solutions.
Does your dog stare blankly at walls, floors or out into space? Do they get stuck or have difficulty getting around objects in your home. Does your dog no longer recognize familiar people?
Interactions with people and/or pets altered.
Does your dog have a decreased intrest in petting? Spending more time alone or away from family members? Does your dog seem more clingy or fearful?
Sleep/Wake Cycles Altered
Is your dog restless or waking at night? Does your pet vocalize at night? Has your pet been sleeping alot more during the day?
House Soiling, Learning and Memory
Is your dog no longer signalling to go out? Is your dog having decreased ability to respond to learned commands like name, tricks, ect? Are you having a hard time getting your dogs attention or are they seeming increasingly distracted?
Has your dog no longer been playing with their favorite toys? Have they been less interested in exploration of areas or decreased interest in playing with family members? Are they showing repetitive behaviors like licking, circling or chewing?
Has your pet experienced increased anxiety when seperated from you? Do they seem more fearful or reactive to auditory stimuli? Do they have increased fear of going new places or even going outside?
What to do if you answered yes to some of these questions...
There are a few options out there for dogs at this point in time with Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome. It is said that if your pet is 12 -14 yrs old there is a 23% chance they will have CDS and that number increases with age to 41% of pets greater than 14 years old. So don't feel alone we are here to help your pet age gracefully so you can enjoy the golden years of their lives.
Animal Medical Centre South
59 East 3rd Ave
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