Dementia is extremely common among people, but did you know that your furry friend can also suffer from dementia? Yes, dogs can be a great therapy option for people suffering from dementia, but what happens when your dog ages and starts showing signs of dementia?
Symptoms of Dementia in Dogs
Dogs also show a lot of same symptoms that humans do with dementia. These symptoms include:
- – Confusion
- – Disorientation
- – Disturbances during sleep cycle
- – Anxiety
- – Decreased activity levels
- – Inappropriate howling, whining or barking
- – Unusual pacing
- – Staring at walls
How to Help Your Pet
You want to try to look for symptoms early on so that you can be prepared to help make your dog comfortable during the transition. Just like with people, the earlier detection he better. It is also extremely helpful to stick to a schedule. A routine will help your pet from getting overly confused. Stick to a schedule when it comes to feeding, walking and bedtime. Many pets suffering from dementia will be extra anxious and stress. Help your pet through this by taking them on long walks or even playing soothing music. As long as your dog knows you are there for them and provide them the comfort they need. Medications might also be helpful, but of course, always speak with your veterinarian about this.
Your veterinarian will be able to help you evaluate your dog to determine if they are suffering from dementia. They will also be able to offer additional advice and therapy treatments for your furry friend.
If you are experiencing signs of dementia, contact us today to discuss how we can help you mitigate the onset of dementia by up to 2.25 years.