This is incredibly helpful information – thanks for sharing! -RMSAAM
But changes in an old dog need to be considered carefully. Behavioral changes can often be the signs of other problems, like diabetes, hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, dental disease, and cancers.
One thing that I’m learning more about is canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS). Veterinarians describe this as a ‘diagnosis of exclusion’ which means they look to diagnose another disease or disorder first before deciding that the dog is suffering from CDS.
When assessing for symptoms and severity of CDS, veterinarians follow the acronym DISHA. DISHA stands for:
I = Interaction changes
S = Sleep/wake cycle changes
H = House soiling
A = Activity level changes
Disorientation can present as changes in spatial awareness, loss…
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