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Brain Function in Dogs and Cats



Brain Function in Dogs and Cats

Herbal remedies to help strengthen memory, to help lessen memory loss and to help promote cognitive performance and function.

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, and the adrenal and thyroid glands plays a major role in providing critical trace nutrient support to all glands and tissue, and the adrenals can become stressed and fatigued, also affecting the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

The adrenal glands help the body adapt to stress through the release of natural steroids and hormones. With chronic stress, age and disease, the adrenals can become fatigued, affecting many bodily systems, including performance and memory in your dog and cat. Natural supplements function as a brain tonic to help balance and nourish the body systems, providing neuro-protective support against cognitive disorder such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, promoting healthy brain ecology and function, and maintaining healthy concentration, focus, memory and mental alertness.

Herbals contain plant chemicals that help to support hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) function to respond normally to stress and metabolic demands, support glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, contain neuro-protective plant chemicals which improve and protect nerves, brain function and memory by providing protection against free radical damage. Plant botanicals affect many body systems including the pituitary and thyroid glands of the endocrine system, autonomic nervous system, liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

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 lose their focus and attention, get confused and can be easily distracted, and are susceptible to age-related impairments such as aching joints, lack of energy and inattention. 

Although the aging process is commonly associated with some memory loss, marked memory loss is not a normal sign of aging and may be a symptom of pet senility or other conditions such as tumors, injury or illness affecting the brain. In pets, memory loss is often subtle in terms of identifying noticeable behavioral changes and signs of disorientation.

Animals may become startled or anxious on seeing someone they ought to recognize and they often wander aimlessly or seem to forget where they are in familiar settings.

Cats tend to forget where their litter boxes are and dogs may have "accidents” as common signs of severe memory loss. Some pets with memory loss also become quite distressed on waking as they become confused and unsure of where they are.

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.

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

Herbal remedies may help to counteract confusion and forgetfulness in pets, may help improve memory and cognitive ability, may nutritionally provide neuro-protective constituents, function as a brain tonic as well as an overall health tonic which may also boost and/or balance the immune system, may help improve memory and enhance overall vitality.

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, 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.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content; stimulates collagen production which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessels (important for cases of arthritis) as well as eye and teeth health (important for macular degeneration and dental disease); promotes optimal immune response; promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat; may help reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats; may work  to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

Kick Start My Heart  (learn more) is used as a cardio tonic to improve the heart and circulatory systems, to strengthen heart muscles, to reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining heart health, to support muscle and cell healing for all parts of the body including the brain, to protect cell walls and to support strong blood vessels, to support the strength of veins and arteries and as a cognitive tonic to stimulate alpha brain waves, to promote healthy brain function and for its benefits to the heart, circulatory and nervous systems. 

Helpful suggestions:

Keep your pet’s environment stress free and predictable. Set some good routines in place and avoid unnecessary changes such as re-arranging the furniture.

Consider changing your pet’s diet to one suited to senior pets. Supplements including omega-3 fatty acids as well as anti-oxidants can help prevent further memory loss and improve mental functioning.

Constantly remind your pet where you are in the house, as they may forget and become quite distressed.

Provide your pet with a stress-free and predictable environment. Keep things structured and in routine and where possible, avoid change in your pet’s life.

Help your pet with daily grooming as they may forget to clean and groom themselves. A regular brushing of the coat and a quick nail trim will help them feel clean and fresh again.

Make sure your pet remembers to eat and drink regularly. Try a pet drinking fountain as the bubbling sound of the water will help remind them to drink.

Some pets forget where their litter box or back yard is! Try placing additional litter tray around the house, or take your pet out on frequent potty breaks.

A forgetful pet can quickly become lost and disoriented. Make sure you know where your pet is at all times and that he or she cannot wander off.




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