Natural remedies for treating canine dementia

Like humans cognitive disorders also affect our canine friends. But unfortunately it goes mostly unnoticed because of the lack of awareness on our parts. So, a renowned holistic vet, Dr. Shawn Messonnier, has come up with a book called Unexpected Miracle which provides comprehensive, well-researched solutions on dealing with canine dementia.

The doctor emphasizes natural remedies for treating the disease as opposed to AnipryIR, a conventional medicine which has been recently approved by the Canadian Health Protection Branch. He conducted a study on the nutritional supplement Cholodin and found a number of nutritional ingredients like choline, phosphatidylcholine, methionine, inositol, and various B vitamins. He drew a conclusion that these nutrients can actually increase the formation of nerve transmitting chemicals in the deteriorating neurological system and enhance mental awareness in affected pets.

But how would you know your pet has dementia? The common symptoms include deafness, lethargy, sleepiness, difficulties in indoor training, blank look, difficulty in recognizing the owner and lack of awareness of surroundings.

The doctor says that he starts examining doggies since 5 years. Larger breeds like Great Danes which have a life expectancy of 7 years usually develop the disease as early as 4 or 5. The vet also points out that clinical signs are absent in giant breeds until 7 or 8.

At this point you must be curious to know whether there is a definitive way of detecting the disease. The doctor, however, rules out such a possibility. He rather explains that the aforementioned symptoms could mean the advent of other illnesses like diabetes, heart disorders, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer especially brain tumors, hypothyroidism and cushing’s syndrome. So, a thorough physical examination along with routine tests like complete blood count and urine analysis must be performed. If no abnormality is detected, then it’s a confirmed case of dementia, adds Dr. Messonnier.

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