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Senior Moments for Dogs and Cats / Memory Loss in Dogs and Cats


Senior pet supplements for memory disorder, cognitive dysfunction and  Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome.

Senior Moments for Dogs and Cats / Memory Loss in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms of memory loss and cognitive disorder in senior dogs and cats.

The adrenal glands help the body adapt to stress through the release of natural steroids and hormones. With chronic stress, age and disease, your pet can experience adrenal fatigue and/or adrenal alarm. Since the endocrine system supports gland health as well as hormone production to every cell and body system, including critical tissues and organs, providing nutritional support to the endocrine system also nourishes the entire body, including performance and memory.

Natural supplements function as a brain tonic, toning, strengthening and providing neuro (brain) protection against cognitive decline related to Alzheimer’s, dementia and Attention Deficit disorder. Some herbs function as adaptogens, which are highly specialized natural plant chemicals that are able to read oxidative, metabolic, physiological and emotional distress in the body and then work nutritionally to bring the body systems into balance, which may be beneficial to help promote healthy brain ecology and function,  and may help maintain healthy concentration, focus, memory and mental alertness.

As our pets age they become vulnerable to having "senior moments" in the form of cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Cat and dog Alzheimer’s, also called Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS), is a degenerative neurological disorder that mirrors what happens to humans when they experience senility or Alzheimer's. Accompanying symptoms usually includes disorientation, memory loss, confusion, and behavior and personality changes. 

The onset of Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome has been identified and linked to the build up of a nerve-damaging protein called beta amyloid which is found in the brain. Beta amyloid protein builds up plague, inhibiting cognitive signals to brain neurons and provides the basis for cognitive decline.

In animals, it’s difficult to distinguish between the normal signs of aging and the early signs of Alzheimer’s, although disorientation, lethargy and decreased interaction are common. While Alzheimer’s is typically associated with an older animal, some breeds of cats and dogs are predisposed to a greater risk. 

Your pet’s ability to concentrate and focus on a task is important if you are trying to train them or if they are performing in obedience or agility shows. Some pets seem like they never listen, are forgetful, make frequent mistakes and have difficulty following instructions.

As pets age, they can lose focus and attention, become confused and be easily distracted. Just like us, they are also susceptible to age-related decline due to aching joints, lack of energy and inattention. Memory loss may actually be a symptom of other conditions such as tumors, injury or illness affecting the brain.

Your dog or cat may become startled or anxious on seeing someone familiar enter the room or they may wander aimlessly or seem to forget what "home" is. Your cat may forget where their litter boxes are and dogs may have moments where they forget to go outside, having" accidents" in the house, while other become distressed on waking as they are unsure of their surroundings. 

Common symptoms of Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome:

Your pet does not respond to name

Your pet does not recognize familiar commands

Your pet does not recognize family members or is fearful of family members

Your pet is startled by lights, sounds or familiar objects

Your pet does not recognize toys or common items such as a favorite blanket

Your pet appears to be lost in the house or in the yard

Your pet becomes trapped behind furniture or room corners

Your pet is unwilling to play, be engaged or is withdrawn 

Your pet is reluctant or unwilling to go for walks or go outside

Your pet has trouble finding and using doors and stairways

Your pet frequently trembles or shakes

Your pet paces in circles

Your pet wanders aimlessly throughout the house

Your pet has difficulty learning new tasks or commands

Your pet frequently soils in the house, regardless of frequent bathroom breaks

Sleeps more during the day and less during the night

Your pet seems to stare at walls or into space

Your pet seeks less and less of your love and interaction

Your pet is hesitant to take treats, drink fresh water, or eat fresh food

Memory loss can be a serious problem, especially if your pet starts to forget to eat or drink, or if they wander off somewhere and become lost. If you notice memory loss in your pet, see your vet so that a proper diagnosis can be made and appropriate treatment recommended.

There is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s. It can be heartbreaking to see you pet suffer cognitive decline but there are certain herbal ingredients that can specifically help work against memory loss and may help to improve memory and general cognitive ability.

Helpful suggestions:

Feed your pet a holistic, premium food and avoid foods with corn, wheat, soy and preservatives and chemicals. Consider adding an Omega 3 supplement of omega-3 fatty acids which have been studied for their brain health and cognitive supportive functions.

Provide your pet with a stress-free and predictable environment. Keep things structured and a routine when possible, and try to avoid changes in your pet’s life.

Be patient. What was once familiar to your pet is now unknown and often frightening. Keep familiar objects in each room as well as items your pet uses regularly to reinforce familiarity with surroundings.

Keep comfortable bedding, food and water in multiple places in your home and continue to praise and shower your pet with physical and verbal affection as often as he/she will allow.

Encourage your pet to eat and drink regularly. They may need a little reminding and pet water fountains can be useful as the bubbling sound of water can remind your pet to drink and eat.

Place extra litter boxes throughout the house so that one can always be easily found. Take your dog out for bathroom breaks more often if accidents are occurring. Your pet may not realize accidents are occurring but also, can become very embarrassed when they do.

Brush your pet's coat and keep their nails trimmed as they may not remember to groom themselves. 

Pets with cognitive decline can wander off. Take preventative measures to ensure they cannot leave the house unattended

Memory loss can be a serious problem, especially if your pet starts to forget to eat or drink, or if they wander off somewhere and become lost. If you notice memory loss in your pet, then a trip to the vet is always advised so that a proper diagnosis can be made and appropriate treatment recommended.

It can be heartbreaking to see you pet so confused and forgetful, but there are certain herbal ingredients that can specifically help to memory loss and to improve memory cognitive ability. There is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s, but there are supplements that can slow down the progression and improve quality of life for your animal.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal nutrition may help bridge nutritional gaps related to cognitive dysfunction and may help reduce oxidative stress; has been studied for their tonic ability to tone and strengthen cognitive function; may help provide neuro-protective (brain protecting) support for cognitive disorders such as cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s and dementia by preventing plague build up on the brain and increasing oxygen supply to the brain; may help soothe and limit distress for animals experiencing disorientation; may be useful as a holistic immune tonic and and supply critical antioxidants, important in the fight against cognitive decline, and may help address and maintain healthy concentration, focus, memory and mental alertness in your dog and cat.

I AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) helps to support and nourish the endocrine system; helps support adrenal gland health and response to stress and metabolic demand, supports glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, promotes hormonal balance, regulates stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, balances blood sugar levels, may lend support to the pancreas in cases of dysfunction; for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, increases muscle use, ability and stamina, provides anti-inflammatory and immune support, helps maintain healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Dog & Cat Kryptonite– (learn more) supports hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) function, enables the body to respond normally to stress and metabolic demands while supporting the glands' ability to rebuild and regenerate, supports healthy energy levels and vitality, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, for lethargic, aging or convalescing animals, regulates the organs which secrete hormones, including the pituitary, parotid, thyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the testes; stimulates the hypothalamus, supports endocrine function, the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Dog & Cat Kryptonite (learn more) supports hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) function, enables the body to respond normally to stress and metabolic demands while supporting the glands' ability to rebuild and regenerate, supports healthy energy levels and vitality, promotes cognitive (brain) function and memory performance and contains critical trace nutrients and antioxidants which may be important preventatives for cognitive decline; for lethargic, aging or convalescing animals, regulates the organs which secrete hormones, including the pituitary, parotid, thyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the testes; stimulates the hypothalamus, supports endocrine function, the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems; for its support of cognitive (brain) function, particularly in degenerative conditions.

Soothed & Serene  – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems of an anxious animal, particularly the Central, Autonomic, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, as well as for its positive effects to relax the endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory & respiratory systems; used holistically to help soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative, nervine effects and alternative to benzodiazepine drugs; as a nutritive to help bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems;  helps restore emotional balance, promotes comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security; helps protect the blood brain barrier, important in preventing plaque buildup in the brain related to cognitive decline and as a stroke preventative. 

Conventional Remedies:

Your vet will need a detailed description of the symptoms and may run tests to rule out any other conditions that may be causing the symptoms. Standard testing includes blood tests, urinalysis, a neurological exam, cerebrospinal fluid analysis, or CAT scan.

Your vet may prescribe a drug called Selegiline hydrochloride (Anipryl) which works by increasing the dopamine levels in your pet’s brain. The drug has successful in reversing partial damage and improving the behaviors of many pets with Alzheimer’s. Associated side effects may include diarrhea, vomiting, itchy skin, and loss of appetite.

 

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