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Helping Your Veternarian Diagnose Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Posted on: January 13, 2009

If you think your dog suffers from Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, you need to take some notes before you visit the veterinarian. Your dog is excitable or nervous at the vet’s office so you or the vet will not see the signs of the disorder. You need to inform the vet about what the problem actually is, when it started, how often it occurs, and any other problems that you think is associated with your dog’s behavior and how it is affecting your dog’s quality of life. It is imperative that you detail all the situations and observations that point toward the disorder. Most people have had old pets and some behaviors that are considered normal for an old dog could be the onset of Canine Cognitive Disorder. Just like an elderly human with Alzheimer’s disease, the symptoms come on slow and sometimes the disorder is advanced before it is diagnosed. The quality of life can go down for your pet unless you and your vet come to an agreement and start treating the disorder. Once diagnosed, there are things both you and your vet can do to help them cope with their golden years and advancing age.

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