When something isn’t right with your senior dog

This is incredibly helpful information – thanks for sharing! -RMSAAM

DoggyMom.com

Old dog_dementiaWe love them to bits.  And gradually we notice changes that signal they are getting older.  They may no longer hear the doorbell and, thanks to this new deafness, they may sleep very deeply.

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:

D= Disorientation

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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