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Dementia

Have you noticed confusion or disorientation you cannot explain in your senior pet? You may wonder if it’s possible for pets to have Alzheimer’s. Call it what you will, but dementia can be a serious problem. Just like humans, pets can suffer from many of the same symptoms:

Signs of dementia in cats:

  • Loud or Odd Vocalizations
  • Loss of Litter Box Training
  • Lack of Attention to Grooming
  • Increased Agitation, Especially at Night
  • Sleeping More Than Usual
  • Irritable or Cranky
  • Decreased Appetite

Signs of dementia in dogs:

  • Getting “Lost” in Corners or on the Wrong Side of a Door
  • Pacing or Anxiousness
  • Loss of Housetraining
  • Doesn’t Greet Family Members as Before
  • Barking for No Reason
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Sleep Irregularities
  • Doesn’t Respond to Voice Commands as Before

Keep a log of what behaviors you have noticed, the timeframe or how often you notice these behaviors and make an appointment with Dr. Oppenheimer to discuss.