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Cognitive Support for Dogs and Cats

Cognitive Support for Dogs and Cats
Natura Petz supplements for Alzheimer's and dementia in dogs and cats

Herbal nutrition to help provide nutritional, cognitive support and to help address symptoms of Alzheimer's and Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) in dogs and cats.

The adrenal glands help the body adapt to stress through the release of natural steroids and hormones. With chronic stress, age, disease and even genetics, your pet can experience adrenal fatigue. Since the endocrine system supports gland health, which affects almost every body organ, system and critical tissue, providing nutritional support to the endocrine system also nourishes the entire animal body, including performance and memory.

Natural supplements may help function as a brain tonic, potentially providing critical neuro (brain) protection against cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and Attention Deficit disorder. Herbal nutrition may also 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 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 includes a variety of symptoms including 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 likey helps provide 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 witth 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. Remember what it felt like to be young, lost and scared. Your pet may feel something similar.

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 remedies may help bridge nutritional gaps related to cognitive dysfunction and may help reduce oxidative stress; have 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, 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.

Dogs Love Maca – (learn more) is a highly specialized super food and adaptogenic herb that may help identify metabolic, environmental, emotional and oxidative stress in your pet (may be used for dogs and cats) and may nutritionally help restore whole body balance in cases of dysfunction; used holistically to help address both Cushing's and Addison's as well as hypothyroidism due to its adaptogenic plant actions to bring gland and hormone production into balance; nutritive, contains atural plant phytochemicals which may help nourish gland health, support proper hormonal response throughout the body, may help counteract adrenal fatigue and may be particularly useful in supporting TSH, T3 and T4 hormone production; may encourage cellular health throughout the body related to gland health; may help regulate stress response and helps support proper metabolic rates, along with cognitive, cardiovascular and reproductive support; tonic in nature, may help tone and strengthen all body systems to help achieve optimal wellness, particularly as it relates to building and maintaining energy, focus and overall system balance.

Body Bliss – (learn more) is used holistically as a plant based, full spectrum Omega 3; for its anti-inflammatory, auto-immune, antioxidant and free radical scavenging (disease preventive) actions; for its heart and brain healthy effects; as a potential heart and blood vessel disease preventive; for its essential fatty acid content which may be help to prevent blood clots (thrombus) and may provide critical neuro support for brain health; to help address myocardial infraction and cerebral apoplexy; for its effects to lubricate mucous membranes found throughout the body; may help address symptoms of Crohn’s disease, disseminated sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize skin; for its nutritional value to help protect and promote bone, eye, teeth, joint, ligaments and connective tissue health while keeping your pet's coat healthy and glowing, from the inside out.

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 help bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems, help restore emotional balance, promote comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security; 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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