I have had several conversations lately, both over the phone and in person on the dog beach when I have been walking Cully, about dementia* in dogs. Cully has knee replacements, so I myself am often focused upon physical deterioration for senior dogs, and when a good friend sent through some information about support groups for cognitive deterioration I thought it would be a sensible time to share this information.
This section is a taster, obviously there are many different blogs, pages, and books/articles out there, but they are a good place to start if you are unsure of what kind of information, writing style, and support group environment you are looking for. Some of the blog links are for more general senior dog ownership, but include canine dementia and/or Alzheimer’s information. Don’t forget that I am an End Of Life Doula for companion animals as well as humans – if you would like support for exploring your pet’s End Of Life choices and options I am happy to help you.
Facebook: Dogs with Canine Dementia or Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, Dog Dementia, Senior Dog Care Club – N.B.: at least two of these are closed groups, so you will need to be approved to access the content.
Blogs: Senior Tail Waggers, Senior Dog Blog, Dog Dementia
Book: Remember me? Loving and caring for a dog with canine cognitive dysfunction (please remember that Amazon do not pay taxes in Australia, so you may be able to order this book from your local independent bookshop)
*Remember that dogs and humans have co-evolved for a very long time, and many of the common symptoms of dementia in humans – Sundowner’s syndrome, aggressiveness, vagueness, decreased activity, etc. – may also present in our dogs.