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Dementia (Geriatric) in Dogs




Dogs with this cognitive dysfunction syndrome require life-long therapy and support. However, your help can make a world of difference when it comes to improving your dog's cognitive functions. For example, although it will not “cure” your dog, maintaining a healthy and stimulating environment will help in slowing the progression of “cognitive decline.” This typically involves imposing a daily routine of exercise, play, and training.


In addition to medication and behavioral therapy, your veterinarian may suggest employing a special, balanced diet to improve the dog's cognitive function; i.e., memory, learning ability, etc. This diet is also typically supplemented with antioxidants, vitamin E and C, selenium, flavonoids, beta carotene, carotenoids, Omega-3, and carnitine -- all considered excellent for improving the dog's cognitive functions. 


Living and Management


Your veterinarian will evaluate your dog periodically to monitor its response to therapy and the progression of symptoms. However, if you notice any behavioral changes in the dog, notify him or her immediately. For stable patients, twice yearly checkups are sufficient enough, unless new problems arise.



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