Canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) is a disease similar to alzheimer’s in humans. It typically affects dogs over the age of 8 and the symptoms can be distressing for both you and your dog. Fortunately, there are way to help slow down this degenerative process, but most owners are unaware that their dog has cognitive dysfunction. Filling out a questionnaire like the one below can help you identify CCD early. Read more about canine cognitive dysfunction here
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Symptoms of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction
Distinctive symptoms of canine cognitive dysfunction include:
- Increased restlessness and wandering with an apparent lack of purpose
- Decreased ability to recognise familiar people and objects
- Behavioural alterations, such as reduced willingness to play
- Interrupted sleep and restlessness during normal sleeping hours
- Increased house-soiling despite previous house training
It is nearly impossible to diagnose CCD before symptoms develop and as such, the main method of diagnosis is the presence of the above symptoms.