Dogs also develop canine dementiaa neurodegenerative disease that can develop in pets as they age, according to new research published in the journal Scientific Reportswhich found that the probabilities increase in the tenderloins older than 10 years.
The investigation also noted that the odds of a canine presenting canine dementia increase by more than 50% with each year of age. However, the analysis suggests that the prevalence of the condition is almost nil in dogs under 10 years.
To reach this conclusion, the experts analyzed the data from 15 thousand dogs What Part of Dog Aging Project. The study consisted of two surveys; the first oriented to the state of health and physical activity of the tenderloin; and a second, where it was evaluated the cognitive function of dogs.
Lack of physical activity can influence the development of this condition in dogs
The experts found that the dementia increased 6.5 times between dogs with low activity levels. Although the researchers said the exercise may protect against cognitive declineThey warned that their finding could also be because dogs with this condition are less active due to their condition.
“A lesson that already emerges from the current study is further proof that physical activity, also in older people, is very important for well-being and for keeping the aging brain healthy.”
Gregor Majdič, veterinary researcher
What are the warning signs of canine dementia?
The dogs with dementia often they can get lost in their own home either getting stuck behind furniture because they forget they have a reverse gear, explained veterinarian Susan Hazel in an article published in the place conversation.
“Dogs’ interactions with people and other pets can change. It is possible that seek less or more affection from their owners than before“, described the expert. Other symptoms of dementia include:
- Changes in sleep patterns like sleeping more during the day and being more awake at night.
- Submit a higher level of anxiety. Your dog may no longer be able to stand being left alone, being followed from room to room, or being easily spooked by things that never bothered him before.
- walk or bark more than usual and seemingly without purpose.
- Difficulty adapting to change and getting lost.
Is there a cure for the disease?
Nick Sutton, a UK dog health and science expert, said: there is no cure to date for this ailment.
“There is no cure for canine dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in humans, but by improving our understanding of these diseases with research like this, we may find better ways to prevent, identify, treat and eradicate these terrible diseases.”
Nick Sutton, Dog Specialist
What should you do if you think your dog may have canine dementia?
Experts recommend taking the dog to a veterinarian to evaluate it and rule out other health problems. Furthermore, there are some medications that can help reduce the signs of canine dementia To improve the quality of life.