Are Your Pets Suffering from Canine Dementia?
Mental disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease are diseases that not only affect humans. In fact, more and more animals are beginning to show signs of it, too, especially domesticated animals like dogs and cats!
Look at your pets in your house. Not only your dogs but also your lovely cats might be affected from Alzheimer's disease. According to the reports of the veterinarians in our neighborhood, the number of pets suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease is increasing dramatically. This medical condition is known as “canine dementia” or canine “Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS)”.
Some researchers insist that canine dementia is primarily caused by some training methods or by giving too much veterinary care.
Pets suffering from senility, canine dementia, or Alzheimer's, may show the following 9 common signs and symptoms:
- Weight loss.
- Stops responding to the call of their owners.
- Change of sleeping habits—they sleep more during the day and sleep less at night.
- Walking in circles or wandering around from room to room aimlessly.
- Getting stuck in furniture, appearing lost and confused.
- Staring on blank walls.
- Barking or meowing for no apparent reason.
- No longer interacts with other people and even with members of the family.
- Getting accidents indoors.
It is said that symptoms of canine dementia begin to appear at the age of 11 and also as early as 7 to 8 years.
Just like Alzheimer's disease, the cause of canine dementia is unknown by medical science, although physical evidence show that changes in the brain due to aging and genetics may cause this problem.
Known treatments for canine dementia include drugs that are also used for treating Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease in humans. Prescription diet food and supplements are also prescribed by veterinarians to improve symptoms.
Are There Natural Remedies for Canine Cognitive Dsyfunction (CCD)?
If you are a pet owner looking for a more natural therapy, we suggest that you take your pets or animals out in the wilderness. Just like humans, animals need to have vacation, too!
In fact, when we compared domesticated pets to stray pets or wild animals, animals that are domesticated are more likely to have anxiety and canine dementia. It only shows that stray animals are less prone to canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome.
Go ahead and let your dogs and cats relax and wander around outdoors more frequently. This is one of the best natural remedies out there!
How about we humans? What will be the best remedy for dementia?
Interesting Trivia – DID YOU KNOW?
- The brain of a cat is much more similar to a man than that of a dog.
- Dog's hearing is 5 times more sensitive than humans. Cat's hearing is twice more sensitive than dogs.
- At night, cats can see 6 times better than a human. They only need 1/6 the amount of light that a human does.
- Dogs can also suffer from other common ailments found in humans like cancer and diabetes.
- Cats do not have to blink their eyes frequently just to keep their eyes lubricated.
- Aspirin can cause stomach bleeding in dogs if given incorrectly.
- Domestic cats are the only species that can hold its tail vertically while walking. Wild cats either hold their tail horizontally or are tucked between their legs while walking.
- Humans have about 9000 taste buds. Dogs only have 1700.
- Cats walk on their toes.
- The canine's sense of smell can work as much as 1 million times more efficiently than a human nose.
- Cats have been domesticated for only half as long as dogs.
- The dog's heart is similar to humans. However, dogs have very slim chance of suffering from stroke or heart attack.
- Cat's life expectancy nearly doubled since 1930, from 8 to 16 years, which is another factor for increasing cases of canine dementia or canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS).
- A chocolate can be fatal and cause poisoning in dogs.