Cognitive Function Disorder | What Did I Want Again?

Cognitive Function Disorder | What Did I Want Again?

Ever get the feeling you just don’t know what your elderly animal companion wants any more. Are you both losing sleep over it?

Pets are living longer and longer because of improvements in veterinary care and nutrition. As pets age, you may notice cognitive dysfunction, the medical term for changes that may indicate some loss of mental sharpness.
Dogs and cats cannot be precisely diagnosed with senility or dementia: however, changes in their brain mimic some of the changes seen in humans with these conditions. When a pet exhibits some of the following symptoms, we can help with treatment options.

Symptoms of Cognitive Dysfunction Disorder:

  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Increased anxiety
  • Loss of alertness
  • No longer using the litterbox
  • Loss of housetraining
  • Excessive vocalization
  • Changes in level of aggression
  • Not wanting to play
  • Isolating themselves

Treatments for some of these disorders vary from simple behavioral modifications, to supplements or diet changes, to drugs. Discuss the options with our team, we will likely want to check for underlying problems that may cause or worsen cognitive dysfunction. What some consider aging may be a disease state that can be helped with intervention with one of the many treatments now available and make an aging pet feel better.

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One Response to Cognitive Function Disorder | What Did I Want Again?

  1. So marvelous to discover this. My old Beagle buddy has started to exhibit signs of cognitive disorder and I’ve felt a bit helpless as to how to proceed. While my current vet does his best, the normal leap to a pill makes me wonder if there aren’t other ways to make these confusing days for my buddy a bit easier. We may come see you, to look at other options. Thanks for advocating awareness about this. It’s important, and a source of great ignorance for a lot of us.

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