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Dementia In Dogs

Dogs can experience senior moments, too especially when they enter their golden years. Your canine buddy may forget the usual route of your daily outdoor excursions or lose interest in activities that he once loved doing. Many experts call this age-related condition as canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD). It is the canine version of Alzheimer’s disease in humans. The condition has been traced back to a variety of causes, like the buildup of abnormal proteins in the tissues of the brain. When this happens, it creates a favorable environment for the accumulation of plaque that can damage the nerves resulting in the brain function loss. This can have a negative impact on the memory, motor functions, and behaviors that have been learned by the dog. CCD can affect dogs of any breed. Studies conducted in 11-16 year old dogs showed that they experience some forms of cognitive impairment as they age. 

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