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Canine Behavioural Changes

Brain ageing is a natural process that is largely the result of damage to cells caused by free radicals.   Free radicals are produced by the body’s own metabolism, as well as by environmental pollutants and ultra-violet light.

There are a number of signs that may develop with brain ageing:
  •  Disorientation
  •  Interacts less
  •  Sleep pattern disturbed
  •  House training lost
Please take a few minutes to review the following checklist and note any changes in your dog’s health or behaviour.

Does your dog exhibit any of the following behaviours?
  •  Change in appetite
  •  Weight loss or gain
  •  House soiling accidents
  •  No longer greets family members
  •  Does not seek attention/petting
  •  Does not recognise familiar people/places
  • Does not respond to verbal cues
  •  Wanders or paces
  •  Stares into space or at walls
A dog showing one or more of these behavioural changes may be considered as clinically affected.   With early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, the undesirable behavioural changes associated with ageing can be diminished or even reversed.

The investigation of any ailment associated with ageing must also include
a thorough physical examination to rule out any medical disorder.

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