We’re all getting older, and the same goes for dogs. According to YuMove the signs of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) can be subtle and appear gradually, meaning that you might not notice it for some time. YuMove says these are some of the things to look out for:
- Is your pooch looking lost or disoriented? Is he or she pacing back and forth or in circles? Or perhaps getting ‘stuck’ somewhere there is a clear way out?
- Aggression. Dogs with CCD can have little patience and can display signs of aggression.
- Depression. If your dog seems withdrawn, anxious or depressed this could be a sign that something’s wrong.
- Memory loss. Your canine may appear to have forgotten certain commands, where food and water bowls are kept, and may stop responding to his or her name.
- Sleeping more and eating less. Extra-long naps aren’t a cause for concern, but if your dog’s suddenly sleeping a lot more than usual, this could be a sign of CCD. The same goes for loss of appetite.
As with humans, sometimes there’s not a lot we can do. However, we believe an appropriate healthy diet along with some supplements might go a long way to making their old age a bit more comfortable.