Have you observed something from your elderly dogs lately? Sometimes you wonder if Alzheimer’s Disease exist in dogs. Well with these signs, you can know if your senior dog is already suffering from Dementia.
Disclaimer: with all changes in behavior, dog owners are advised to bring their dogs to the vet first to check if their pets are suffering from any medical conditions. There are some illnesses that pose the same signs and symptoms.
Bumping Into Corners and Getting Stuck at The Wrong End of The Door
When a dog grows senile, they usually develop a cognitive dysfunction. Your dog is probably suffering for Dementia if he or she runs into the wrong side of the door. They usually stop, completely clueless about where to go to next.
Anxious Elderly Dogs May Have Dementia
Animal experts believe that one of the signs of Dementia is anxiety in senior dogs. If you see your dog wandering absentmindedly around the house, or constantly pacing on a daily basis, then they could be experiencing Dementia.
Disregard For Potty Training
Elderly dogs may experience gastrointestinal problems or urinary tract problems. But if both of these are ruled out, then they probably are experiencing dementia, for one clear sign of it is the disregard for housetraining. If your dog used to go out of the house to excrete, and have forgotten to do such lately, then you have to acknowledge the fact that it may be a Dementia symptom.
Lack Of Enthusiasm Around Family Members
Young dogs are known to be extra enthusiastic when their owners or other family members come home after a long day. However, an elderly dog falling into Dementia would refuse company and would prefer to wander off alone. He or she would not have the same enthusiasm when called for petting or playtime.
Barks At Nothing
Signs of Dementia for humans include talking to one’s self. Same with dogs, the unexpected barking for no reason whatsoever is also a sign that he or she is falling into dementia. You can also see your elderly dog bark at random things, or sometimes at nothing.
Your Dog Refuses To Eat
Appetite loss is another clear sign of Dementia. This would only mean your dogs lost total interest in any treat or food served to them. In some cases, they may have just “forgotten” to eat. Once again, consult your vet if this ever happens to rule out any medical disturbances.
Change In Sleeping Patterns
Elderly dogs are known to have an apparent change in sleeping pattern—some sleep more during the day time and appear to be awake and alive at night time. Some take longer sleep, while others have less.
A Disregard for Commands
A dog with cognitive dysfunction may now have a hard time to respond to commands. In his or her early years, he or she may have a reliable recall or impulse control, but with his or her age, they may have just fallen short of obedience.
If you see any of these signs, better contact your vet and ask them about dealing with elderly dogs with Dementia