Like humans, age related issues are common in dogs and cats and some will experience a decline in cognitive function. Maintaining healthy brain function in your pet is vital to help support memory and learning abilities.
We don’t like to think of our pets getting older, but like us they are capable of having ‘senior moments’. Some pet owners put this down to old age rather than realising that there may be something they can do about it.
If you are worried that your dog or cat could be experiencing cognitive decline, there are five common signs of cognitive dysfunction to look out for:
Your pet can display confused behaviour in the house and wander around aimlessly. They may regularly get lost on walks or perhaps go to the wrong side when opening doors. Your pet may also lose the ability to recognise people they are frequently in contact with, or other pets.
Decreased social interaction
You may find your pet will hide away more, especially if there are new people in the house. There may be reduced greeting behaviour, which is often perceived as tiredness or being less interested or excited. There may also be increased vocalisation, or rarely being vocal at all, as well as becoming aggressive in particular situations.
Loss of prior house training
This is one of the most noticeable signs for pet owners and can be distressing for all involved. Toilet training is a key learned behaviour and can be one of the first that is lost with cognitive dysfunction.
Disturbance in sleep pattern
This is a key feature of cognitive dysfunction. Increased sleep is common, but this can often be broken in shorter periods and pets can be awake at night, when previously they were not. Again, this can be distressing for the owner, especially coupled with vocalisation and toileting in the house.
Dogs and cats can be less enthusiastic to exercise and less excited by toys and other previously rewarding events. It may come across that your dog or cat is depressed.
A natural product such as nutramind could be considered to help your pet if the above is evident. nutramind has a unique formula specifically developed to maintain optimum brain function. Ask your vet for more information on additional ways to help your pet and how nutramind can help naturally maintain brain function..