Cognitivie Function In Dogs

The deterioration of cognitive function in dogs is generally an age-related issue. Affected dogs display distinct changes in behavior, most of which are often overlooked by pet owners and attribute it as normal for senior pets. However, senility or severe dysfunction can be very challenging to address. Changes in the brain brought about by aging brings about cognitive dysfunction. As dogs age, there will be decreased levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, increased beta-amyloid levels that damage neurons, reduction in the size and weight of the brain, and micro-hemorrhages that impair blood blow and oxygen supply to the brain. 

Dogs with cognitive dysfunction suffer from memory loss and may have difficulty with spatial orientation. They may wander around, confused and restless. They may also engage in nighttime pacing and commit potty accidents. There are also dogs that find it hard to recognize family members. 

Your veterinarians Pleasanton, CA is a valuable source of information about important issues that affect your pet’s health and well-being.


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