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Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) / Memory Loss

Herbal treatments for cats and dogs to help prevent canine and feline memory loss.

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. Natural supplements function as a brain tonic, providing neuro-protective support for cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and Attention Deficit disorder, promoting healthy brain ecology and function, and maintaining healthy concentration, focus, memory and mental alertness.

Like humans, as our pets age they become vulnerable to cognitive disorders such as memory loss, Alzheimer’s and dementia. Cats and dogs can suffer from a form of memory loss, called Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS), which is a degenerative neurological disorder that presents itself with a variety of symptoms including disorientation, memory loss, confusion, and personality changes.

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 memory loss is typically associated with an older animal, certain breeds of cats and dogs are at a greater risk. The onset of the disease is now known to be linked to a build up of a nerve-damaging protein called beta amyloid found in the brain. This protein builds up plague which inhibits cognitive signals to brain neurons.

Memory loss is more easily noticed in humans who frequently forget where they left their specs, or car keys, and can’t seem to remember names and dates as easily as they once could. In pets, memory loss is often seen in subtle and noticeable behavioral changes and signs of disorientation.

They may become quite 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 moments where they forget to go outside, having" accidents" in the house a common sign 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.

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.

Natural Remedies

Many natural ingredients can help treat the age-related and cognitive symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s, improving memory and cognitive ability, mental alertness and energy, providing neuro-protective constituents, function as a brain tonic, boosts immunity as well as soothes an animal experiencing disorientation.

AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) is used to help support adrenal glands to respond normally to stress and metabolic demand, to support glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, to regulate stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, to balance blood sugar levels, for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, to increase muscle use, ability and stamina and to provide anti-inflammatory and immune support.

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

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, as a broad spectrum anti-inflammatory and reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, for seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy). 

Related Products:

Soothed & Serene – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems, to 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 and nervine effects that can bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems, restore emotional balance, promote comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security.

Serenity Zen Dog & Cat - (learn more) is used for its multi-level support to soothe, relax, calm and provide pain relief to nerves, muscles and all bodily systems (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems), for all types of behavior including anxiety disorders, allergies, digestive colic, storms, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, ADHD and ADD, to maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, reduce neuro inflammation and modulate inflammatory response.

Kick Start My Heart – (learn more) is used 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 and promote healthy brain function.

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.

·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.

·Assist your pet with daily grooming as your pet may forget to clean and groom itself. A gentle brush of the coat and making sure nails are kept trimmed will go a long way in helping your pet feel more comfortable.

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

·Provide your cat with extra litter trays around the house so that there is always one close at hand which can be easily found., Remember to take him or out regularly and more frequently if accidents are occurring. Your pet may forget to alert you when he needs to go out so you have to do the remembering.

·Consider a supplement of omega-3 fatty acids. They’re great for over-all brain health and can really help increase your pet’s cognitive functioning.

·Provide plenty of attention and mental stimulation in the form of walks, games and verbal praise. While your pet may not always recognize you, they will appreciate the attention and the mental stimulation will help keep their brains active.

·Alzheimer’s pets can wander off if you’re not careful. Take measures to ensure they cannot leave the house and consider putting a bell on their collar so you can be sure of their whereabouts indoors.

·It can be heartbreaking to see your old pet so confused and disoriented, but always remember the joys they brought you and that now you can return the favor with lots of TLC and a little extra pampering.

 

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