Senile dementia in dogs
Like people, when dogs reach old age they can suffer many problems, both physical and mental. Arthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatic diseases are some diseases our dogs suffer when they get old, but today I want to tell you about the problems of senile dementia in dogs, how to recognize them and not confuse them with bad behavior.
Changes of Behaviors
Owners of older dogs often detect behavioral changes in their dogs: inattention, disorientation, excessive barking, doesn’t want to walk. These problems are followed by comments like: is getting old and losing his head!! This dog went mad!!! are very often is said, but is that true?
Hey…! Do not worry, fortunately, life expectancy of our pets has increased in recent decades, thanks to the best care and food we provide. However, this longevity has its negative consequences, such as the occurrence of diseases and disorders associated with advanced age.
Living with an elderly dog brings some changes in daily routine. You must understand that your pet is no longer a puppy and may no longer be so eager to play as before. Both the dog and the owner must adapt to this disease, and make some changes in the environment for the dog to fit more easily to his surroundings.
To begin we must keep in mind that old age begins between 6 and 10 years depending on the size of the dog. Larger breeds age rather than small breeds. When a dog gets older it is subjected to a higher stress level because it costs more to adapt to the surrounding environment (children, noise, etc.) will listen less and intensely perceives its environment with more threats than before.
The pace of aging of a dog depends a lot on its size. A large dog reaches maturity faster than a small dog, such as a St. Bernard begins to age at 6 years and a Chihuahua at 8.
We recommend that you exercise your dog with games that stimulate memory, for example, hide toys or food and make him to work to find it, and help him relax with soothing music and caresses, and the level of stress and anxiety at the new stage is going be significantly reduced.
These are some of the symptoms that dogs with this syndrome:
Spatial confusion: lost in familiar places and become disoriented
Staring into space or walls
Avoid own social behavior of a dog as fondling
Anxiety and increased irritability
Reversed sleep cycle and problems at night: he roams the house and has restless sleep
Problems when defecating. Not remembers the places he usually did, incontinent and does so in the most unexpected places.
If you find that your dog has changed from a time and has found to really recognize these symptoms, please consult your veterinarian to perform a treatment and help him have a better life.
Treatment for Senile Dementia in Dogs
You must know that although the disease has no cure, there are treatments that helps with the disease. Visit your veterinarian. Discuss with him the symptoms. If the dog shows symptoms of irritability your vet may prescribe tranquilizers to your pet for a while.
-Change your dog environment with auditory, tactile, oral and olfactory stimulation. For example, certain types of music can be soothing in times when you are upset, this also helps them in the same way.
-Take walks with your pet. This will help the dog sociability reduce his anxiety and strengthen your bond with him.
It’s possible that your dog lose interest in their usual food. Instead, offer him rice dishes with seasoned chicken accompanied by vegetables.
-Make Interactive games quest to reinforce the sense of smell of your dog.
-Finally, Rewards positive behavior of your pet to reinforce them and feel happier.
Very often dog Senile dementia causes depression in animals. When this happens, the dog loses interest in things he once loved, like taking a walk, playing with a ball, his favorite food … It is important that the owner is aware of these behaviors and identify them as soon as possible to start sooner the treatment.
Finally, to slow the progression of the disease, it is advisable to help pets lead a healthy life, both in food and in hours of exercise. When perceiving the symptoms, the most important thing is to go immediately to the vet to rule out any other pathology and to be indicated with the best treatment.