One of the most common health risks senior dogs face is canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) or doggy dementia. This condition poses substantial challenges for pets and pet parents alike. Yet, many dogs suffer from CCD without their owners being aware that their dog is affected.
The Struggle is Real (for you and your dog)
If your senior dog is showing signs of dementia, we understand your struggles. We know it’s heartbreaking to watch your furry friend deal with this disease. Initially, you may think your dog is simply getting old but when they begin pacing, whining, circling, and acting confused, it’s often CCD, not simply aging that’s to blame. The good news is that it’s treatable.
Dan the Lab’s Journey with Doggy Dementia
Dr. Theresa (Terry) Fossum, a seasoned board-certified veterinary surgeon with a wealth of experience in the field of veterinary medicine, affectionately cared for her own aging Labrador named Dan. Around two years ago, she noticed the first signs of cognitive dysfunction in her beloved companion. Dr. Fossum felt helpless as she witnessed her own dog’s cognitive decline.
Unfortunately, like most pet parents, Dr. Fossum found it difficult to find a safe and effective remedy for Dan the Lab. When Dr. Fossum was researching cognitive function support products for Dan, she found several options that “claimed” they could solve Dan’s issues.
She found these companies difficult to trust because they were not created by veterinarians, nor were they backed by science. Moreover, Dr. Fossum had concerns about the side effects of conventional drugs.
The Creation of CogniCaps
To help Dan, Dr. Fossum developed a new product to treat and prevent signs of dementia in dogs. This supplement is a combination of nine ingredients that have been shown to improve brain health. CogniCaps™ has ingredients sourced from conventional Western nutraceuticals and Chinese (holistic) herbals; each ingredient was selected based on relevant research and/or clinical trial evidence of efficacy and tolerability.
No, Humans Can’t Take CogniCaps, It’s for Your Dog!
Our CogniCaps supplement was designed to enhance a dog’s brain function and brain activity while supporting cognitive function and nerve cell conduction. If you think your dog might be showing signs of doggy dementia, you can fill out Dr. Fossum’s survey to find out.
This is a recent testimonial that we received:
“Just want to express gratitude for a great product that works. Rosie’s ‘sundown’ symptoms are almost 95% managed. Rosie used to climb on me, dig, and bark at different times of the day and night (mostly night). Now she may have some symptoms about 2x month, but nothing like before. She will dig and maybe move from room to room till she falls asleep.” Thank you, Maria V.
Consider Dr. Fossum’s Pet Care for Your Dog’s Needs
If your dog is suffering from a serious condition like CCD, they deserve the best care possible. Dr. Fossum’s Pet Care provides supplements you can trust because they are made by and recommended by veterinarians. Using Dr. Fossum’s CogniCaps could help your dog live a happier and healthier life.
In Addition to CogniCaps™, What Else Can I Do for My Dog with CCD?
Cognitive enrichment, such as regular exercise, social interactions, and the introduction of new toys, has been shown to improve cognitive function in dogs with CCD and prevent or delay cognitive decline in dogs as they age. Examples of cognitive enrichment activities for dogs include puzzle toys, scent games, hide-and-seek, clicker training, and interactive feeding methods. It’s essential to tailor these activities to your individual dog’s preferences, capabilities, and physical health. Your dog is an intelligent and curious animal and providing them with opportunities to use their mind can have numerous benefits, especially as they age.
What Should I Feed My Dog with CCD?
In both human Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dog CCD, diet choices and dietary supplements have a substantial impact on the development and progression of cognitive decline. Both dietary risk factors and preventive factors have been identified for AD in people, and these are suspected to be similar in CCD.
Diets enriched with carnitine, lipoic acid, long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, vegetable-based carotenoids, vitamin E, and vitamin C may be beneficial. Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) may also help as they provide an alternative energy source for the brain in cognitively impaired dogs. There are several commercial diets available that contain some of these dietary supplements.
Some naturally occurring phytochemicals such as curcumin appear to hold promise as treatment options for CCD. Oral S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) was shown to be effective in improving clinical signs of mental decline in dogs with CCD in a randomized, placebo-controlled study. Phosphatidylserine, a membrane phospholipid, showed some efficacy in improving cognitive function in dogs with CCD in several clinical trials.