Supporting Cognitive Function in Pets

by Mary Ellen Kosanke– 

Having a Pet brings physical, mental and emotional improvements and enriches our lives in many ways.  One of the hardest parts of living with pets is watching them age.  Just like with humans, advances in nutrition and health care are allowing our pets to live longer, but living longer brings a new set of health challenges.  One of the greatest challenges of living longer for both humans and our pets is cognitive decline.  Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome or CDS affects both dogs and cats and is similar Alzheimer’s disease in humans.  28% of all cats and dogs between the ages of 11 to 14 exhibited at least one sign of CDS.  In cats 15 and older that percentage increases to 50%. (1)

Progression of CDS is gradual and symptoms are often associated with normal aging.  Some signs of CDS include: (2)

  • Disorientation
  • Memory changes
  • Behavior changes
  • Changes in the sleep-wake cycle.

While there is no cure for CDS, or aging, there are things you can do to help ease the symptoms: (3)

  • Avoid changes in routine
  • Leave surroundings unchanged
  • Interactive play and puzzle type toys
  • Supplementing the diet

Like humans, a healthy diet and lifestyle that incorporates physical activity, social engagement and cognitive enhancing activities can reduce the risk of developing neurodegenerative disease.  Supplementing the diet for brain health can begin at the puppy or kitten stage to help prevent problems from developing, while senior dogs and cats may see improvements when supplementation is added to their diets.

To support brain health and functioning for all stages of your pet’s life, PetAlive Brain Health products are now available.  Seven specially formulated products support all stages of brain development and function.

For Cats:

Brain Health for Cats and KittensAn all-natural herbal formula containing the following certified organic ingredients:  Spirulina, Green Tea leaf, Oatstraw, Rooibos herb and Amalaki fruit.  Supports brain health, alertness, new learning and encourages concentration and memory.

Brain Health for Senior Cats – An all-natural herbal formula containing the following certified organic ingredients:  Spirulina, Green Tea leaf, Oatstraw, Amalaki fruit and Fo-Ti stem.  Supports brain health and functioning including memory functioning and alertness.

Brain Health Booster for Senior Cats – A homeopathic remedy containing the following HPUS ingredients: Alumina 30C, Baryta carb 12C, Causticum 30C, Crataegus 30C and Helleborus nig 30C.  Supports normal energy levels, reduces absentmindedness and forgetfulness.  Specially designed to complement Brain Health for Senior Cats.

For Dogs:

Brain Health for Puppies – An all-natural herbal formula containing the following certified organic ingredients:  Spirulina, Ginkgo Biloba leaf, Amalaki fruit, Green Tea leaf, Ashwagandha root.  Supports brain health, alertness, new learning and encourages concentration and memory.

Brain Health for Dogs – An all-natural herbal formula containing the following certified organic ingredients:  Ginkgo Biloba leaf, Spirulina, Oatstraw, Green Tea leaf, Astragalus root.  Supports brain health and functioning, vitality, alertness and concentration.

Brain Health for Senior Dogs – An all-natural herbal formula containing the following certified organic ingredients:  Gotu Kola herb, Green Tea leaf, Nettle leaf, Oatstraw, Sage herb.  Supports brain health and functioning, memory, alertness and concentration.

Brain Health Booster for Senior Dogs – A homeopathic remedy containing the following HPUS ingredients: Alumina 30C, Baryta carb 12C, Causticum 30C, Lycopodium 30C, Phos 30C.  Supports normal energy levels, and reduces absentmindedness and forgetfulness.  Specially designed to complement Brain Health for Senior Dogs.

Natural medicine strives to create holistic balance in the body and to support overall systemic health and functioning.  Along with a healthy diet, lifestyle, social engagement and mental stimulation your beloved pet can live a longer, healthier life.

Sources

  1. https://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/lorieahuston/2014/march/your-cat-suffering-cognitive-dysfunction-31434
  2. https://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/lorieahuston/2014/march/your-cat-suffering-cognitive-dysfunction-31434
  3. https://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/lorieahuston/2014/march/your-cat-suffering-cognitive-dysfunction-31434

 

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