Pet owners have warned about dogs DEMENTIA, because dogs live longer and are more susceptible to the disease
- Cognitive dysfunction in dogs affects 40 percent of dogs over 14 years of age
- The condition occurs in pets because they live longer
- Doctors are looking at stem cell research to help dogs and people with dementia
Pet owners are warned to watch for signs of dementia as their dogs age.
Doggy dementia, also known as cognitive dysfunction in dogs (CCD), has been recognized by scientists for at least 20 years, ABC reported.
The condition affects 40 percent of dogs over the age of 14, but despite the prevalence, most pet owners do not know that it exists.
Doggy dementia, also known as cognitive dysfunction in dogs (CCD), has been recognized by scientists for at least 20 years (stock image)
Tom Duncan, a researcher at the Brain and Mind Center at the University of Sydney, said more cases of CCD are being reported because vets are now able to treat fatal conditions once.
"We extend the lives of dogs far beyond what a wild dog should live," said Dr. Duncan.
Sydney-based veterinarian Cameron Fay (photo) explained that a new dog with dementia is brought to his clinic every week
& # 39; This older dog population is aging just like in humans, and so we see an increased prevalence of this disease. & # 39;
Sydney-based veterinarian Cameron Fay explained that a new dog with dementia is brought to his clinic every week.
He said that pet owners are not aware of the fact that pets are being accelerated and that deterioration can occur quickly.
& # 39; With dogs and cats, everything is moving fast. You have a puppy, then an adult dog … a senior, and finally the geriatric – that happens in a short time. & # 39;
Dr. Fay also explained that the mental decline of a dog can happen within a few months.
But doctors have suggested that CCD research may also help people with the disease.
Veterinarians have also looked at the treatment of dementia in dogs with stem cells.
Veterinarians have also looked at the treatment of dementia in dogs with stem cells (stock image)
In 2015 they treated a 14-year-old cocker spaniel named Timmy with stem cells from his own skin.
The owner of Timmy said that her pet responded positively to the treatment and that his behavior settled.
Dr. Duncan said that tests are still in the early stages, but the brains of dogs and humans are very similar and there is a good chance that the same treatment works for both types.
SIGNS OF DOGS
Confusion and disorientation.
Decreased interest in food.
Reduced ability to recognize places and people.
Disruption of the normal sleep / wake cycle.
Wandering repetitive compulsive disorder.
Persistent barking or whining, especially at night.
Loss of acquired behavior, such as irritation from toilet training and aggression.
Reduced interaction with the owner.
Source: Burwood Bird and Animal Hospital
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