.Causes of dementia
Although the exact cause of dementia in dogs is not known, genetic factors may predispose dogs to the syndrome.
Symptoms of dog dementia
The early signs of dementia in dogs might be illusive and challenging to identify. They can even be mistaken as a component of the aging process. However, early identification and intervention are important. Watch for mild variants of the following symptoms:
- Walking into corner or other tight spaces
- Forgetting cues and trained behaviors
- Acting frightened of people he knows
- Pacing back and forth or in circles
- Failure to respond to his name
- Getting lost in familiar places
- Forgetting house training
Manage dementia anxiety
Most dogs with dementia exhibit some amount of stress, particularly if they get lost in a familiar setting or awaken alone in the middle of the night. Managing fear and distress requires you to know what works best for your dog, such as taking a long walk, playing soothing music, or even using aromatherapy. Additionally, if you crate train early in his life, it might help reduce stress-exacerbating wanderings during the night, although in some cases confinement may create added stress to your dog. If the wandering is extreme, talk to your vet about whether anti-anxiety medications might be effective.
The most comprehensive strategy to managing dementia in dogs includes the support of a veterinary behaviorist. These experts can help you learn techniques and skills to dramatically re-orient your confused and stressed-out older dog..
Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.