Yes, well, sort of. The vetinary term for Dog Alzheimers is Canine Cognitive Dysfunction
(CCD) and the symptoms are very similar to those of human Alzheimers. Dogs that
suffer from Canine Cognitive Dysfuntion fail to recognize familiar people and locations,
may wander and pace, are restless at night, and forget their “potty manners” (have
Can Dogs Develope Alzheimers?
There are no specific tests available to determine if a dog has this
disorder. It is diagnosed when all other physical explanations are ruled
out. For example, just because your older dog suddenly begins to
urinate in the house does not necessarily mean he has CCD. He may
simply have a urinary tract infection. Your vet will be able to examine
your pooch to determine what the problem is.
There are several drugs available that can help relieve the symptoms caused by Canine
Cognitive Dysfunction. However, some dogs, such As those with Diabetes, should NOT
take certain CCD drugs. Your vet will be able to determine the best course of treatment
for your dog.
There is a dog food on the market that has been known to relieve CCD
symptoms; however, it is available by prescription only. This special dog
food has been specifically developed to fight aging changes in the brain.
If your vet doesn’t mention this food, don't be shy, ask!