As your pup ages, you naturally want to be on the lookout for any potential health issues. Most often, these typically involve physical markers, like appetite changes, weight loss, stool changes, and other symptoms. But cognitive decline is an issue for aging dogs, even if some symptoms are not understood or recognized. A common acronym for the symptoms to look out for with age-related cognitive decline is DISHA. It stands for Disorientation, Interactions, Sleep cycles, House soiling, and Activity. While cognitive decline is typically age-related, it is not always.

DISORIENTATION

A symptom to look for in aging dogs is disorientation. This can sometimes be subtle, so it’s important to keep a watchful eye. Some examples of disorientation in an aging dog might look like your pup not recognizing one of your family members or getting lost in a familiar place.

INTERACTIONS

Social interactions are very important to both humans and animals. Dogs rely and thrive on interactions with other dogs – it’s why we focus on that at The Good Dog Spot! You may notice a change in your dog’s social life, including acting irritable or isolated. They may also act more attached to you. These interactions indicate that there may be a change in your dog’s cognitive state.

SLEEP CYCLES

Whenever there is a physical ailment, sleep is one of the first indicators that something is wrong. Be on the lookout for any changes in your dog’s sleep patterns. Are they sleeping more during the day? Waking up more at night? These are all potential symptoms of cognitive decline.

HOUSE SOILING

If your dog, especially if they are getting advanced in age, suddenly starts soiling indoors or consistently has accidents, call your veterinarian. While soiling doesn’t always mean your pup has cognitive decline, it is a common sign. Despite the name, any amount of unusual bathroom incidents can apply, even if it’s outdoors. Soiling can be a symptom of other issues too, so it’s best to get it checked out.

ACTIVITY

Activity levels can fluctuate with senior dogs, and if their cognitive functions start to deteriorate, this can happen more dramatically. Practically speaking, you might notice your dog is more listless and generally lacking in energy. This might occur subtly over time. On the other hand, some dogs experience higher activity levels. They can become restless and find it difficult to settle. Both of these can happen with cognitive decline, and if paired with the other symptoms in this list, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

CARE FOR DOGS AT ANY AGE

We know you want the best for your dogs, and you’d do anything to keep them healthy and safe. If you want a safe space to bring your dog for social interactions and a fun environment, call us today! The Good Dog Spot exists to be a fun and safe space for all dogs.

Call Us to book your spot (413) 534-1333

35 C North Chicopee Street Chicopee, MA 01020

139 King Street Northampton, MA 01060

ABOUT US

Our Mission is to ensure pet parents’ peace of mind by providing consistent, compassionate grooming services and a nurturing, safe and fun environment for pets to socialize and grow through our daycare and overnight programs.

Chicopee hours

  • Monday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thursday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Saturday  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday  8:00am - 9:00am
    & 4:00 - 5:00pm 

We are closed between 12:30-1:30 for lunch

Northampton hours

  • Monday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thursday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Saturday  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday  8:00am - 9:00am
    & 4:00pm - 5:00pm

We are closed between 12:30-1:30 for lunch

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