Monday, September 12, 2011
Canine Cognitive Dysfunction
For the past few months, we have been treating Xena's CCD with daily doseages of Clomicalm & Aprazalam, however her symptoms have begun to increase, as her condition progresses. We discontinued Clomicalm & yesterday started her on Anipryl, which is a drug used to treat Parkinson's & Alzheimer's Disease in humans. The Aprazalm has been increased to twice daily along with the Anipryl.
Everyone should be aware of changes in their senior dog...some of the symptoms can be:
Confusion - your dog doesn't greet or seem to recognize you as before, or gets 'lost' in the yard or house. They may no longer respond to their name. Xena will get "stuck" behind furniture.
Inappropriate vocalization - barking - in the middle of the night or for no 'good' reason? (I know, some dogs don't need a reason to bark. - right Oskar?) Xena will wake 2-4 times each night...roam to the kitchen & sit and cry. (or "barmp" we call it).
Getting day and night mixed up - sleeping all day, awake all night - Yep..see above.
Confusing indoor and outdoor - a previously housebroken dog may soil in the house. Xena does ok with this during the day, but requires pad nightly.
Personality changes - a formerly outgoing dog can become timid or aggressive. This is where we see quite a change in Xena...once a cuddle bug...she now does not like to be held or snuggled. And she will attempt to "bite" or when she is anxious to be fed...she nips at my feet!
These are just a few of the symptoms we have noted....while it is heart breaking...Xena remains in good health & we continue to keep her comfortable & as content as possible.