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“He just hasn't been himself for the past several months,” owner Carol reported.
“He seems restless at night, but mostly he just lays around. He doesn’t play his old games anymore. There isn’t any single issue, but he just isn’t right.”
This condition, once called the senile or old dog syndrome, is a newly recognized disease, somewhat similar to Alzheimer’s disease in people. In dogs with cognitive dysfunction syndrome, the brain undergoes a series of changes that result in a decline in the mental faculties associated with thinking, recognition, memory, and learned behavior.
There are some noticeable changes in dogs with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, which, like Alzheimer's, are not a normal part of aging.
Studies show our pets are more like us than we’ve realized – in both their emotional and cognitive functioning. What can we do to help them through this challenging time?
...a family member in his own right ... who helps make the Alzheimer’s journey less of a lonely one.
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