Dementia in pets and how to treat it

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It’s natural for dogs and cats to slow down as they get older, but sometimes certain behaviours can seem downright out of character. While pets don’t get dementia the same way we do, they do get something similar: Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS). Dementia in pets, or CDS, affects senior pets and causes memory loss, confusion, anxiety and disorientation – much like Alzheimer’s disease in humans.

What is CDS?

Essentially, CDS is an abnormal loss of mental faculties that isn’t associated with (i.e. a symptom of) other medical conditions. It’s similar to dementia in humans due to the loss of perception, awareness of and interaction with the environment, memory and learning problems and decision making.

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