Joseph’s husky sits and stares into space a lot. Shameka’s Russell terrier paces for several hours each night. Emilia’s small mixed breed has lost his house training. He comes in the doggie door and eliminates in the house right in front of her. And Teri’s dachshund suddenly gets scared of Teri’s son, even though the doxie has known and loved him all her life.
What all these dogs have in common is that they have been diagnosed by their veterinarians with canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD).
CCD is a term for mental decline that results from physical brain changes in aging dogs. It is a neurological condition with behavioral symptoms. It is different from normal aging. It is also called cognitive dysfunction syndrome, dog dementia, and doggie Alzheimer’s.