With the help of medicine, our pet friends as people are reaching an older age. Nowadays we put more value on a pet’s life and tend to take better care of senior pets. Almost half of the dogs over the age of 10 suffer from cognitive dysfunction or dog dementia. Dementia in dogs manifests by disorientation, social interaction and sleep-wake disturbances, house soiling, increased anxiety and activity disturbances – apathy or aimless pacing.
Consult with your veterinary doctor if you notice any of these signs. There are various nutritional supplements or drugs that support your dog’s neurone function and prevent brain oxidative damage. However, a few studies have proven that combining medicine with physical exercise and environmental enrichment results in better cognitive scores. Physical and mental activity increases brain perfusion and improves synapse plasticity that both contribute to an overall better mental health.
Dogo App enriches your senior dog’s life with different puzzle games or training. Reward-based trick training is a great method for mental stimulation, especially in less mobile animals.
Other helpful activities are food puzzles, new toys, DIY tasks tailored to your dog, playtime with your dog. Taking a dog to a new environment that provides sensory exposure.
Research suggests that environmental enrichment may delay dementia in dogs. Especially if dogs aged between 6 and 10 get more stimulation. Do not forget that our senior friends, although less physically active, still need mental stimulation to stay sharp for a longer time.