The risk of canine dementia increases considerably from the age of 10
Has Fido gone crazy with age?
Dogs with canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD), sometimes mischievously referred to as “canine dementia,” often exhibit signs of neurological decline such as memory deficit, loss of spatial awareness, sleep disturbances, and impaired social interactions.
Now, with information gathered from the Dog Aging Project (a longitudinal study of companion dog aging in the United States), researchers have a better idea of the prevalence of CCD throughout a dog’s lifetime. dog and how health, aging and physical activity can play a role. in the probability of its development.
The researchers found that with each year of life after the age of ten, the risk of developing CCD increases by 68%. This percentage decreases slightly to 52% each year beyond the age of ten, once factors such as health, neutering, race and activity levels are taken into account.
Second, and again controlling for characteristics between dogs, the researchers found that pooches reported as “non-active” by their owners were 6.47 times more likely to develop CCD. This is correlation, not causation, as CCD can actually cause reduced activity levels in dogs.
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Over 15,000 dogs were examined in the sample, which involved owners completing two surveys. One, the “Health and Life Experience Survey”, asked owners about health status and level of physical activity, while the other, “The Behavioral Survey”. Canine Social and Learned,” included questions designed to indicate CCD in dogs, such as whether the dog was able to recognize people it was familiar with.
Although more research is needed to better understand CCD, this research expands knowledge about canine dementia and canine lifespan and may help veterinarians know when to screen our dogs for CCD.
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