Cognitive Dysfunction (Dog Alzheimers)

March 20th, 2020 at 9:00 am EDT
Hello Friend,

Hope you and your critters are doing well this Friday!

As you may or may not know, I now have a New reformulated version of my dog supplement, Ultimate Canine ADVANCED Health Formula

It may be helpful to support our aging dog's brain health...there are a number of key ingredients, and I am now using this for Tula as she is considered (gasp) an early senior at the age of 8..

You can see how it can help here:
Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

This is similar to Alzheimer's in people. Dogs accumulate deposits of beta-amyloid (a protein plaque) in the brain with age. Dogs show signs similar to people with Alzheimer's.


Your pet sleeps much more and plays less. He has a graying muzzle, poorer hearing and poorer vision. You may see cataracts. He may show abnormal signs, such as pacing, excessive panting, and barking at the wall.

Common symptoms of Cognitive Dysfunction:

• Increased sleeping
• Appear confused
• Loss of training - i.e. house training
• Unable to recognize familiar people
• Lack of interest in surroundings/events
• Increased drinking/increased urination
• Decreased, occasionally increased appetite
• Excessive panting
• Unusual behaviors - i.e. staring at the wall
• Excessive barking
• Deafness
• Overall less interest/activity - appearing "old"

Your dog is considered a senior when past the age of seven. Most cats are not considered seniors until the age of 10. Older pets have natural organ changes: eyes often develop cataracts; the bones of the middle ear often fuse, resulting in lowered hearing; joints lose their soft cartilage covering, resulting in arthritis; and the brain can age, resulting in signs of senility.

Known contributors to cognitive decline:
• Barbiturates such as the common drug for epilepsy, Phenobarbital
• Valium and related drugs
• Gas anesthetic
• Drugs used to increase heart rate, typically during anesthesia (anticholinergics)
• Chemotherapy drugs for cancer
• One of the most commonly prescribed veterinary drugs, steroids, such as prednisone


CCD (Canine Cognitive Dysfunction) Treatment


CCD treatment involves management of behavior and environments, enhanced diet, and medication. Its dual goals are slowing the disease's progress and improving quality of life for dogs and their people. "Behavior can be effectively managed by providing daytime activities and opportunity for play, and structured social interaction for physical and mental stimulation,"

"Exposure to sunlight will help regulate the sleep-wake cycle. If they can't walk anymore, use a wagon or a stroller. Anything to get them sunlight and stimulation

Not letting the dog act elderly is vital. "Don't treat the dog as old.

Understand there are limitations, but don't give up on that dog. You have to keep walking the dog - especially now."

"Managing the environment is very important," "Make it more predictable. You pet-proof the house just as you'd toddler-proof it."

Providing adequate toileting opportunities is important, as old dogs can't “hold it” as they did when they were younger. Diapers, pads, and waterproof bed and furniture covers can be helpful.


ANTIOXIDANTS. Taurine, Flavonoids, Coenzyme Q. Of them all, Vitamin E appears to be most important in maintaining healthy brain function and delaying further loss of brain tissue; give 100 IU of Vitamin E per 10 lbs of body weight. An antioxidant combination (Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Selenium) may be most effective.

ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID. An increasingly talked about supplement for people, it can have benefits for your pet. It is an antioxidant, found in every cell in the body, and one of its main purposes is to convert sugar into energy. Being an antioxidant it also helps protect the cells of the body against free radical damage. Free radicals are the result of normal cellular reactions; they themselves cause harmful cell reactions, but alpha-lipoic acid can protect against this. Of special note, most antioxidants only work in water (i.e. Vitamin C) or fatty tissues (Vitamin E); alpha-lipoic acid works in both. The alpha-lipoic dose is 10mg per 10lbs daily.

FLAVONOIDS. These are compounds in a class of their own. They compose the thousands of structures that give the bright color to fruits and vegetables. They are antioxidants as well as having anti-cancer properties. These include flavones, (apigenin), isoflavones (genistein), and flavonols (quercetin). Purchase a mixed bioflavonoid product that contains polyphenols, particularly EGCG (epigallocatechin-gallate), which is the specific flavonoid isolated from green tea. The dose for a 10 lb dog or cat is 250 mg daily.

MELATONIN. Frequently used for older pets that have trouble getting to sleep and pace at night. Melatonin also makes the mitochondria more effective. For dogs, give 50 ug per lb of body weight 1 hr before bedtime and on an empty stomach. Try it for 2 weeks to assess if it is working.


CURCUMIN. New research in people has shown a strong link between chronic inflammation, and degenerative brain disorders, such as cognitive dysfunction. Researchers are implicating diets high in grains, along with repeated vaccines as potential underlying causes. The active ingredient in the spice turmeric is curcumin, and this is shown to be effective in people with alzheimers. The animal 95% curcuminoid dose is 100mg per 10lbs daily.

MCT OIL. Efficacy of a Therapeutic Diet on Dogs With Signs of Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS): A Prospective Double Blinded Placebo Controlled Clinical Study  'Dogs fed the 6.5% MCT diet showed significant improvement over baseline in all 6 categories of CDS signs including three categories related to brain cognitive functions'   MCT oil doses: Start low at ½ teaspoon/10lbs day, slowly increasing the amount to 1 teaspoon/10lbs twice daily

CBD OIL. Using CBD (Cannabidiol) to Treat the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias  'According to researchers at California’s Salk Institute, their 2017 study has found evidence that cannabinoids such as CBD could help remove dementia from brain cells'  CBD dose 1mg/10lbs twice daily, although some of the research shows doses at 10 times that amount

Eileen Anderson, whose book Remember Me? and website Dog Dementia: Help and Support are invaluable CCD resources.

Dog Dementia Resource and Website
Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. In the past I just told's 'normal' aging changes..and didn't really spend too much time with treatment, or always taking it seriously.

Now we know SO much more, and there *really* are many things you can do.. even if it doesn't involve supplements, and you take this line to heart.. ( also good for ourselves, and other people..)

Not letting the dog act elderly is vital. "Don't treat the dog as old."

P.P.S. So I have a great option for you IF you are looking at a supplement that can be helpful for your dog's aging brain..

My Ultimate Canine ADVANCED Health Formula contains additional antioxidants, additional essential fatty acids, antioxidants as well as 95% Curcumin

You can get your bottle here:

P.P.P.S And if you are looking for a CBD oil supplement, I can help you out as well :-)  My ULTIMATE CBD for Dogs and Cats is here:
DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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