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Canine Cognitive Dysfunction and Senior Pets

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Canine Cognitive Dysfunction and Senior Pets

What is canine cognitive dysfunction?

Canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD), also known as Canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS), is a condition similar to Alzheimer’s and dementia. CCD is more often associated with decreased cognitive functions due to age-related changes in the brain. Due to this, CCD is more prevalent in furbabies ages 9 and up.

What are the signs or symptoms that your furbaby has CCD?

We always recommend taking your furbaby to your local vet for a clear diagnosis of CCD. Your local vet will usually use the acronym “DISHAAL” to evaluate if your little one is showing some or all signs associated with CCD.

CCD is a condition similar to Alzheimer’s and dementia.

  • Disorientation
  • Abnormal Interactions
  • Sleep &/or Wake Cycle Disturbances
  • House Soiling
  • Activity Changes
  • Anxiety
  • Learning/Memory Changes

Other signs and symptoms to be aware of are:

  • Wandering/Pacing (often at night)
  • Less interaction with owners
  • Not recognizing familiar people, animals, or commands
  • Inactivity – less interest in eating, playing, walking, and socializing
  • Restlessness
  • Increased vocalization, often at night
  • Going to unusual places
  • Can’t locate food dropped on the floor
  • Getting lost in a familiar environment
Senior terrier dog with cataracts laying on a cushion on top of a couch. Canine cognitive dysfunction

Are there any other health conditions that CCD is related to?

CCD may also be due to sustained trauma to the head, spinal column, and/or to the nervous system. Certain conditions, such as meningitis, fibrocartilaginous (spinal) embolism, a stroke, parasites, tumors, and underlying autoimmune disorders (a genetic component), may also be related to CCD in dogs. We highly encourage furparents to discuss the underlying cause for their furbaby’s CCD, with their local vet.

What can you do to help your pet with CCD?

Much like other conditions, with CCD, we can provide our little ones with a balanced diet, a vet treatment plan, as well as a cognitive-specific supplement regimen. For CCD, cognitive enrichment is also key, and a neuro-vet would be the best source of information on what enrichments a furparent can add to their little one’s daily routine.

Natural supplements for pets with canine cognitive dysfunction

A well-balanced holistic approach, alongside a nutritious vet-formulated diet, cognitive enrichment, and vet treatment plan go a long way to aid a doggo with CCD live a comfortable and happy life! We recommend the following to aid with a furbaby’s CCD diagnosis:

Natures Immuno – contains a variety of mushroom extracts, which have historically shown valuable aids for overall cognition and immune function. For example, the Cordyceps mushroom extract has neuroprotective properties.

Turmeric – historically has been utilized in holistic medicine to aid with improving cognitive function, cases of dementia, and brain injuries.

Old Timer – extracts such as guggul have been shown to aid with nervous system disorders. Another extract within this formula, Astragalus, has properties that may aid with autoimmune disorders. The cayenne extract has properties that may aid to promote the release of endorphins in the brain, aiding with cognition and discomfort.

Yucca – certain conditions, such as meningitis, have discomfort, muscle stiffness, and/or inflammation associated with them. If your dog has developed CCD due to such a condition or even due to trauma, our Yucca supplement may aid with addressing any discomfort, inflammation, and/or muscle stiffness that may be present. Aiding your little one in feeling more themselves!


If you have any questions about ways you can support your pet with CCD or proactive support for your senior sweetie, we’re here for you. Click the button below to start chatting with our pet expert team.

Vet Assistant Setti

Vet Assistant Setti

Setti completed her Bachelor’s degree in General Sciences with a double major in biology and anthropology from Simon Fraser University in 2017. After struggling with her own dog’s misdiagnosis, Setti found her passion for helping animals and pet parents. She completed the pre-veterinary medicine program at Dalhousie University in Truro, Nova Scotia, in 2018. Setti worked as a Vet Assistant in veterinary clinics for three and a half years before joining the NHV Pet Expert team.

Published: February 26, 2022

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