How to Help Your Senior Dog Stay Young at Heart

senior dogDid you know dogs as young as six can begin to exhibit the signs and symptoms of an aging brain?

These changes involve increasing brain pathology (disease), as well as cognitive decline and associated dysfunctional behavior, including:

  • Confusion and memory problems
  • House soiling
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Socialization problems
  • Changes in activity level
  • Anxiety

Research into how to stave off age-related decline in canines is underway. A combination of approaches seems to be most beneficial and includes:

  • Dietary therapy
  • Environmental modification and enrichment
  • Behavior modification
  • Supplementation with agents known for their antioxidant and neuroprotective effects
  • Adjunctive therapy for specific aging-related problems