Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Cognitive dysfunction in dogs is a common condition that can affect your dog’s ability to perform basic tasks such as walking, eating, and drinking.

Dogs with cognitive dysfunction often exhibit signs of anxiety and confusion. They may become aggressive or withdrawn, and they may respond unpredictably to stimuli like loud noises or sudden movements.

Cognitive dysfunction in dogs can be caused by many factors, including age-related degenerative brain disease (such as Alzheimer’s disease), environmental toxins, genetics, and head trauma.

The main symptom of canine cognitive dysfunction is a change in your pet’s behavior that makes it difficult for him or her to live independently. The symptoms of this condition are similar to those of dementia in humans — but they tend to appear earlier in dogs than they do in humans.

Causes of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

The exact cause of canine cognitive dysfunction is not known. However, it is known that there are many risk factors that can contribute to the condition. These include:

Age – Dogs who are over 7 years old have a higher chance of developing cognitive dysfunction than younger dogs.

Breed – Certain breeds of dogs may be more likely to develop the condition than others. These include: German shepherds and related breeds

  • Doberman pinschers and related breeds
  • Border collies and related breeds
  • Golden retrievers and related breeds

Labrador retrievers

Published by AmberLDrake

Dr. Drake is an award-winning author and well-known cancer specialist in her field. She is best known for her extensive research on canine cancer prevention and nutrition, her dedication to help dogs live a long, happy life, and for teaching veterinary medicine. As the CEO of Canine Companions Co., the Founder of Drake Dog Cancer Foundation and Academy, and the Co-Founder of Preferable Pups, in addition to being a respected figure in the dog world, she has earned the respect of thousands of dog lovers worldwide.