If you have a dog that has been a member of the family for many years, you try to provide it the very best for a long happy life. As with humans, you since you can’t stop the aging process and it seems that more and more dogs are affected with dementia and their golden years. This simply means that their cognitive functions have declined, and they move a little slower, appear more irritable, and tend to keep more to themselves. It may not be able to stop the dementia and aging process, but you can make your dog more comfortable. Call your local Rockford area veterinarian as listed below (or one closest to your home) for help in diagnosing your dog and finding appropriate treatment.In recent years, a special diet has been found to help dogs with dementia live a better and happier life.
Dementia in dogs is very similar to Alzheimer’s in humans. It is most often due to a premature aging of the brain. In due time, the dog may seem confused and not even recognize its own owners. Recent clinical studies have shown that foods rich in antioxidants and nutrients can help the brain function more efficiently. Since then, the Hill’s pet nutrition has developed a new food which can greatly improve the health of your aging dog with dementia. When the food was first developed and tested by number of older dogs, they showed a 58% improvement in brain health and normal activity.
After 30 days of diet change, more than 50% of dogs tested with this new food showed drastic changes in their daily attitudes and behaviors. Dogs were no longer withdrawn from their families and the incident involving accidents in the home have decreased drastically. Many pet parents witnessed their beloved dogs going through the aging process, sometimes with signs of dementia, and feel that this is normal – there is nothing they can do. No, we cannot reverse the process, but I believe you would do whatever you could to extend your dog’s life and make it as happy and comfortable as possible.
Provide your dog with a cushy orthopedic bed, elevate this food dishes if it is a larger dog, require that your dog continued to exercise each day (at least through daily walks), and feed him a healthy, nutritious, balanced diet such as Prescription Diet® Canine b/d. You can speak with your veterinarian regarding the benefits of this food for your aging dog. This prescription diet from Hills can be purchased through the Vets office or at your larger pet supply stores. Proper diet can do so much to guarantee a more fulfilling life for you and your dog.
Looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Ledfoot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at http://LEDFOOTSPETBAKERY.COM. You can contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, susan@Ledfootspetbakery.com.
For Vet assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out – http://www.rockfordvetclinics.com/, http://bellwoodvets.com/, http://www.petswelcome.com/illinois/rockford/veterinarians.html http://www.perryvillepet.com/, http://bellwoodvets.com/services_surgical.php – for all cat issues, go to – http://local.catster.com/Spay_Neutering_Rockford_IL-p3154-Rockford_IL.html
For all your pets needs in Rockford, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – http://www.petco.com/or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – http://stores.petsmart.com/result-details.php?store=493 – PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – www.petland.com/
For many of your pets essentials, visit your local Rockford area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 – 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620- 2454 S. Alpine Rd.,
Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421- http://www.cvsphoto.com/home
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