What is Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome?
Researchers believe Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) is caused by physical and
chemical changes that affect the brain function in older dogs. Dogs with CDS may
show signs of confusion and/or various other behavioral changes that are not a normal
part of aging.
This confusion can lead to a life of lonely isolation, separated from family members
who have come to cherish their older dog's companionship. This can be as hard
on family members as it is on the dog. Pet owners often describe their dogs as less
responsive, forgetful or confused.
In one study at the University of California-Davis, 62% of 11- to 16-year-old dogs
showed signs in at least one category of CDS.1,2 In a pet owner survey,
nearly half of dogs age 8 and older showed at least one sign associated with CDS.3
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