What is brain aging and how can you tell if your pet is affected?
Like us, our four-legged friends are now living to a ripe old age due to the advances in veterinary care! It is often easy to see the physical symptoms of the aging process, like a grey muzzle, or getting stiff when walking. However, recognising the signs that your pet’s brain is aging can be much more of a challenge!
Brain aging (also called cognitive dysfunction) involves neuro-behavioural changes that can occur in senior pets due a decline in function of the brain’s neurones (nerve cells). It is a very similar condition to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia which we see in humans. As your pet ages, protein plaques can stick to structures in the brain. This causes an interruption to the nerve messages to and from the brain.
As pet owners, we may start to notice changes in our cat’s or dog’s personality such as them getting grumpy! Or keeping us awake all night!
There are two easy ways we can help to support brain aging: Supplement support and environment enrichment. But first, let’s explore the wide range of signs that might suggest your furry friend is starting to suffer brain aging. These can include: