Brain Ageing and Behavioural Changes in Dogs
It's important to remember that ageing is a natural part of your dog's life. And as your dog ages, she may begin to act differently. Ageing takes a toll on a dog's entire body, including her brain. This may lead to behavioural changes.
Healthy Older Brain
Older Brain with Damage
|MRI scans show loss of brain tissue in affected dogs.
Note: MRI scans are not harmful to dogs.
Check the signs that affect your pet and discuss them with your veterinarian.
No longer "asks" to go outside
Doesn't greet family members
Does not want attention/petting
Does not recognize familiar people or places
Does not respond to verbal cues
Sleeps more during the day or less at night
Appears lost or confused in the house or yard
Wanders or paces
Stares into space or at walls
To keep your dog acting young and healthy, proper nutrition is important. As your pet ages, continue to feed her foods rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients to keep her active and alert.
For an accurate diagnosis and treatment options, always consult your veterinarian.