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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Saturday, 4 July 2020 2:05 PM
  Brrrr – it’s cold out here! Winter seems to be settling in just nicely doesn’t it? But it’s that lovely time of year where we get all rugged up and crank the fire (or heater) up at home. It’s also the time to make sure we keep a close eye on our senior pets too. All pets, no matter their age, need to be kept warm during the colder months, but it’s our ‘senior citz’ pets that need the extra warmth and care. In previous blogs we’ve touched base on what we, as pet parents, should be doing to make sure we are doing everything to look after our senior pets (you can click here to read last year’s blog in case you missed it). This year’s Senior Pet blog is going to have more of a focus on Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), which is just the fancy name for Doggie Dementia.

“Dog’s get dementia?” We hear you ask – there simple answer is yes!...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 2 July 2020 2:03 PM
Monthly Behaviour Tip

Dog Dementia

Similar to humans, as your dog ages, you may notice subtle changes in his/her behaviour. The more you know about how your dog ages, the better care you can provide..

Dog dementia (Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome) commonly presents around 11 years of age, with signs of confusion, anxiety, listlessness, and other neurological-based problems. If you notice any of these signs in your dog, there are ways to help him/her feel more comfortable and delay symptoms worsening. One of the best ways is to provide him/her with mental stimulation, such as food puzzles, simple low stress training, and low-impact exercise, on a daily basis, to help engage your dog’s mind. 

Some specific symptoms call for other methods to help your dog during this time of their life:

Aimless wandering - If your old dog is wandering around the house aimlessly, looking lost or getting ‘stuck’ in a corner for no apparent reason. Help to minimise confusion and anxiety,...

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