Reducing the Symptoms of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction
Posted January 26, 2009on:
When your dog gets older it may start showing signs that their house training is going away. This is a symptom of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, but it is also a symptom of many other disorders or ailments. Your dog may have been very well housetrained but in their twilight years, they may be having more accidents. This does not mean that your dog has CCD, but could have a plethora of other issues that could cause them to behave in such a fashion. Look at all other disorders before you and your vet decide that Canine Cognitive Dysfunction is a possibility.
This may start with simple urination. Some dogs will stand by the door waiting to get out and just can’t hold it anymore. They will stand and urinate right by the back door. This is embarrassing the first time or two that it happens and most dogs will show regret or even fear. Don’t scold them. This will only add to their anxiety and cause them to fear you. Love them and tell them it is okay. If the problem is truly medical in nature, the dog will start dribbling more often when it is time to go outside.
The problem could get worse and the house training could totally go outside the window. Take your dog to a vet and have him checked out for other problems such as a kidney disorder or an ailment that would keep them from urinating outside. Sometimes an older dog will not want to go outside in the winter because the weather is too severe for them or the cold makes their joints hurt. There could also be an environmental phobia outside in which you do not know of. Wind or loud noises could be affecting your dog and they fear going outside especially at night.
If you do not find anything wrong with your dog and your older dog is showing other signs of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, then you might want to ask the vet if this is the problem. Other symptoms of CCD can include getting lost or wandering around aimlessly, snapping or biting, or other behavior changes. If your dog is exhibiting more than one symptom of CCD then it is time to think about making their life easier. Make them more comfortable and have a lot of patience. Ask your vet for medicines that will let them live a happier life.