On May 12th, 2021 we had the privilege of speaking with Petminded expert Dr. Emma K. Grigg. Dr. Grigg is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, a Staff Research Associate and lecturer at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, and a lecturer in canine behavior at Bergin University of Canine Studies in northern California.
Basically, she's starring in her own one-woman production of Cats & Dogs.
Once the pups and cats in attendance became acquainted with each other, Dr. Grigg got down to talking about:
The aging process in dogs:
How old is old?
What is Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome?
Similar to dementia in humans, CCD is associated with brain aging in dogs.
Brain aging meaning:
How does Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome Happen?
What can you do?
While there’s no cure for aging and CCD, there are treatments that can alleviate symptoms and slow progression.
Do things together! How dogs engage with their social environment will determine how well they age. Keep your dog physically and intellectually stimulated. But remember to pay attention to their limits and yours as well.
Care for Caregivers
If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes Petminded to raise a pet. Just kidding. But actually... when it comes to caring for an aging dog or cat, it's essential to have a strong support network. Your dog's quality of life is tied to your quality of life. You don't have to go on this pet-parenting journey alone. Understand that caring for a pet can be stressful. And having a community to turn to will help you find the right, evidence-based information for your four-legged family member.
If you want to learn more about this topic in an interactive way, checkout our course, "Helping Our Dogs Thrive in their Golden Years" taught by Dr. Grigg. Email us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Page: https://www.petminded.co/aging-senior-dogs