As your dog advances in age, the chances they will develop Dog Dementia climbs. After age 10, the chances of dementia increases by 52% each year. Dogs that sleep long hours, that do not exercise, and that do not play or romp outside are more likely to be diagnosed with dementia. Experts don’t know if this is a symptom of the disease, or a cause of it.
Currently there is no current cure for Canine Cognitive Disorder, only ongoing wellness care and maintenance routines. The long term prognosis is dependent on the caregiver and a stable and loving routine.
Once diagnosed Dog Dementia is a part of your pets life, and a part of your life, for their remaining years. It is critical that owners have a plan, stick to that plan, and are forgiving of the animals as the disease advances. If you don’t think you can manage the expectations of CCD in your pet… shame on you. Its obvious you didn’t ask for or expect this additional effort or need when you brought the dog into your life… but how absolutely cruel it would be to abandon a pet who has been an active part of your family and life, just when they need you the most. How would you feel if your loved ones let you go if you were diagnosed with an advancing and incurable illness? A dogs love is forever, and limitless. Do the bare minimum for them and give the same in return. It will be challenging, it will likely be difficult, and some days it will seem impossible to deal with. Things will change, your pet will change, your life and home will be impacted… but isn’t all that worth it for one who has been well loved, and who has loved well? We certainly believe it is.
If you suspect your pet has signs of early onset Dog Dementia, please see your veterinarian as soon as possible. As we stated before, hopefully you’ll be given a clean bill of health. In the worst case, you will know what you’re up against and be able to plan a routine that will allow your best friend to live out their days with the respect and love they’ve earned.
We hope this blog post has been informative. We certainly understand the weight and sadness that comes with this topic, but we believe every owners needs to understand the numbers and symptoms of this disease.
You’ve reached the end of this weeks Dog Blog. As we do each week, we wish health, happiness, and an endless supply of love for you and your pets. Feel free to review and read all of blog’s, which are available at the Freddie’s Place web home. From all of us, to all of you, be safe in the week to come.
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