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We understand and empathize with the challenges that pet owners face when dealing with canine dementia. Drawing on our own experiences with dementia in dogs, we offer compassionate support and effective solutions. Our tailored lifestyle suggestions, diet tips, and supplements are designed to help manage the symptoms more effectively, providing comfort and improved quality of life for both pets and their owners.

What Is Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (Dog Dementia)?

Canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CCDS), often called dog dementia or dog Alzheimer’s, is a progressive condition that affects aging dogs. It's heartbreaking to witness pets losing awareness and becoming less responsive to loved ones, displaying increased anxiety and restlessness. Over 50% of dogs over 10 years old will show signs of canine senility.

The signs of dog dementia develop gradually and get worse over time. It is very important to rule out other common health issues in older dogs like blindness, deafness, urinary tract infections, kidney disease, arthritis or seizures/strokes, as these conditions can mimic canine cognitive dysfunction.


"I have been using Dog Brain Booster for about two months with great results with my 16 1/2 year old Aussie, Pancho. He has been showing classic signs of dementia like pacing, sleeplessness at night, getting stuck in corners, etc. The worst part was his disconnect and almost total lack of interaction with us. I tried medications which did nothing to help. I tried other supplements which relaxed him but caused him to have more pottying accidents. Finally I tried the Brain Booster. His dementia is so much better. He paces less, sleeps most of the night, and is able to make it through the night to potty in the morning (we put tarps on the floor because of night time accidents). Best of all he is interacting with us and is more responsive and alert. Now when I pet him or hug him he responds instead of ignoring it. Even his chiropractor has noticed the change in him. I just wanted to let you know that this product works and has improved the quality of life for all of us." - Rory, Pennsylvania

What Causes Doggie Dementia?

Canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CCDS) is typically caused by age-related changes in the brain. As dogs get older, they may experience a decline in cognitive function similar to Alzheimer's disease in humans. This decline can be attributed to various factors, including:

    Brain Changes - Aging leads to physiological changes in the brain, such as the accumulation of abnormal proteins, oxidative damage, and decreased blood flow. These changes can impair brain function and contribute to dementia.

    Genetics - Some dogs may have a genetic predisposition to developing cognitive dysfunction as they age. Certain breeds, like the Cocker Spaniel, Poodle, Dachshund, Boxer, Beagle, Golden Retriever, and Labrador Retriever, may be more susceptible than others.

    Medical Conditions - Underlying medical conditions like hypothyroidism, brain tumors, or neurodegenerative diseases can contribute to cognitive decline in dogs.

    Environmental Factors - Chronic stress, poor diet, lack of mental stimulation, and limited physical activity may exacerbate cognitive decline in aging dogs.

    Nutritional Deficiencies - Inadequate nutrition, especially deficiencies in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, can impact brain health and contribute to cognitive dysfunction.

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"My boys are getting up in age (13 years!) and they are slowing down ... I also noticed that Laz (the upside down dog) was seeming to show signs of cognitive decline. I stepped up the interactive games and puzzles for him and added Ask Ariel's Dog Brain Booster and I'm thrilled that he is back to his goofy self. Its scary when there are changes in our loved ones, and having a high quality supplement that really makes a difference means the world to us - thank you Ask Ariel!!!" - Marie, New York

What Are The Symptoms Of Dog Dementia?

Signs of dog dementia can be very subtle. Changes in your pet’s brain function occur very slowly. You will probably first notice small differences in behavior, such as sleeping more, having trouble getting around and seeming disconnected from your home and family. Cognitive decline can begin early and many times these changes are not noticed until they have already started to interfere with your dog’s life. The symptoms of doggie dementia, or canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CCDS), can vary widely among dogs, but common signs include:

  • Disorientation - Dogs with dementia may appear confused or disoriented, getting lost in familiar surroundings or wandering aimlessly. Some dogs will get "stuck" in corners (dysthymia) or facing walls.

  • Altered Sleep Patterns - Sundowner's syndrome in dogs, or sundowning, occurs when dogs experience disruptions in their sleep-wake cycle, sleeping more during the day and becoming restless or agitated at night. Dogs with Sundowner’s tend to pace or circle at night.

  • Changes in Interaction - Dogs may become less responsive to their owners or exhibit decreased interest in activities they once enjoyed. A dog may show reduced responsiveness and seems "deaf" but isn't.

  • Increased Anxiety - Some dogs with dementia may display signs of anxiety or restlessness, pacing or vocalizing more frequently. Some dogs will start barking at nothing.

  • Loss of Housetraining - Accidents in the house, such as urinating or defecating indoors, may occur as dogs lose control over their bladder or bowels.

  • Forgetfulness - Dogs may forget familiar commands or routines, seeming to "space out" or stare into space.

  • Compulsive Behaviors - They may develop new, repetitive behaviors or engage in compulsive activities, such as excessive licking or pacing. Many dogs will walk in one door and out the other, in endless circles.

  • Changes in Appetite - Appetite fluctuations, including decreased interest in food or forgetting to eat, may be observed.

  • Aggression or Irritability - In some cases, dogs with dementia may exhibit uncharacteristic aggression or irritability towards people or other animals. "Grumpy Dog Syndrome", while not a recognized medical diagnosis, may refer to dogs exhibiting behaviors such as growling, snapping, or showing aggression towards people or other animals without apparent provocation.

  • Difficulty Recognizing Familiar Faces - Dogs may no longer recognize family members, friends, or other pets.

Why Do Dogs With Dementia Have Accidents In The House?

Dealing with potty accidents in the house can be one of the most challenging aspects of living with a dog with dementia. Your once housebroken dog can no longer "hold it" and go outside. When your dog has accidents indoors, it's critical to understand that it is not a behavior issue, but a result of a breakdown in communication between their bladder and bowel functions and their brain. Similar to how people with dementia may struggle with recognizing the cues to use the bathroom, a dog's brain may not receive or process the signals indicating that it's time to go to the bathroom. It's not a deliberate act of disobedience. Patience, understanding, and consulting with a veterinarian can help address these challenges.


"Bella’s health has been outstanding since I adopted her. In May 2019, out of nowhere, Bella took an extreme turn for the worse. The always smiling friendly personality no longer existed. I took her to my vet who diagnosed her with Canine Dementia. Her liver numbers were through the roof. She went blind in her other eye. This little resilient dog that always loved walks, no longer would go on walks. She had to be carried outside and carried inside. She was still eating, but she was existing, not really living. It absolutely entered the equation that a difficult decision might have to be made.

My view has always been that as long as there is life, there is hope. I started researching treatments for Canine Dementia. I came across Ask Ariel, first Brain Booster, then Special SAMe, which seemed like the absolutely perfect remedy for Bella, as not only did it address the Dementia and arthritis, but also provided support for Bella’s elevated liver numbers. So after a few weeks of zombie Bella, I started her on Special SAMe. Within a short period of time, Bella started to come out of her funk. The first day she walked again on the leash was so special. The results have been nothing short of miraculous." - Michael S. Kasanoff, Esq., New Jersey

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Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Treatment

The treatments for canine cognitive dysfunction focus on managing symptoms and improving the dog's quality of life. While there's no cure for CCDS, various approaches can help alleviate symptoms and slow down the progression of cognitive decline. Treatment options may include:

    Medications - Veterinarians may prescribe medications to manage specific symptoms associated with doggie dementia, such as anxiety, restlessness, or sleep disturbances.

    Exercise & Mental Stimulation - Providing a stimulating and enriched environment can help keep your dog's mind active and engaged. This may include interactive toys, puzzle feeders, regular exercise, and opportunities for mental stimulation. Consider going for walks in the evening, so your dog sleeps better.

    Routine and Structure - Maintaining a consistent daily routine can help reduce anxiety and confusion in dogs with CCDS. Consistency in feeding times, frequent potty breaks, exercise, and other daily activities can provide a sense of security and stability for the dog.

    Physical Therapy - Physical therapy techniques, including therapeutic exercises, massage, and hydrotherapy, can help improve mobility, joint function, and muscle strength in dogs with dementia. Physical activity and movement can also stimulate blood flow to the brain, promoting cognitive function and overall well-being.

    Diet Changes - Diet changes for dogs with dementia can help support brain health by providing nutrients that support cognitive function, reducing inflammation, and managing oxidative stress. This may involve incorporating antioxidant-rich foods, omega-3 fatty acids, and complex carbohydrates, while minimizing processed foods and potential allergens.

    Supplements - Dogs with dementia can benefit from supplements to support cognitive function, reduce oxidative stress, and slow down the progression of cognitive decline. Commonly used supplements include antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil), brain nutrients, and hemp extract.

Whitey: How To Care for a Pet With Advanced Dementia

"We adopted Whitey at the very end of his life, after years of neglect from a prior owner in our neighborhood. When we first met him, Whitey had some neurological symptoms (rear legs curling under when he walked and stumbling) but he was still energetic, engaging and happy. Over time, Whitey drifted from us and since we only had him for about 6 months, it was hard to know what was his personality and what was dementia. We would find accidents in the house in the morning and he wouldn't go to sleep at night. He seemed not to respond to us when we called him (he was partially deaf but would respond to other loud sounds). We would find him standing in corners and pacing endlessly. This happened over a period time and in spite of taking him to several veterinarians, what we discovered was that veterinarians have very little training in "mental disorders" in pets. It seemed Whitey had canine cognitive dysfunction.

We decided to try the Dog Brain Booster and Purrfect Pet CoQ10 for Whitey during the day and noticed a big improvement in his energy and increased engagement in activities. The Dog Brain Booster greatly reduced his neurological-caused stumbling. The supplements also stopped the accidents at night for quite awhile as well. At night, we tried medications veterinarians prescribed to help calm him and even melatonin, but in Whitey's case what worked best was to use the Psystabil. Within a few minutes, he would calm down.

We made up our minds to accept Whitey in his advanced mental state and loved him more than ever. We watched closely to see if Whitey was ready to go but he always had that spark in his eye, that "bingo" was still there. The picture taken above was taken just a month before he passed away. We loved every minute with Whitey, as challenging as it was, and are so glad we could use the supplements and lifestyle changes to give him as much time with us as was humanly possible. We wanted to erase the bad memories of his mistreatment and are so grateful for everything our beloved dog taught us. We hope his story will help you make an informed decision about what is right for your dog." - Susan Davis, CCN, Ask Ariel Pet Nutritionist

The Best Diet for Dogs With Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Canine senility treatment involves feeding your dog a high-quality diet. The best diet for dogs with dementia focuses on supporting brain health, maintaining overall wellness, and reducing inflammation. Here are some dietary considerations for dogs with dementia:

    High-Quality Protein - Protein is essential for maintaining muscle mass and supporting overall health. Include minimally-processed lean sources of protein in your dog's diet, such as baked fish or a lower-fat raw frozen novel protein diet.

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines, or flaxseed oil. Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties and may help support cognitive function and brain health in dogs with dementia.

    Antioxidant-Rich Foods - Include antioxidant-rich foods in your dog's diet, such as fruits (like blueberries or strawberries) and vegetables (like spinach, carrots, broccoli, and orange or yellow peppers). Antioxidants help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may support cognitive function. Frozen blueberries or green beans make excellent treats.

    Complex Carbohydrates - Choose complex carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes or pumpkin. Complex carbs provide sustained energy and may help regulate blood sugar levels, supporting overall health. and sweet potatoes are also rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

    Moderate Fat Content - Ensure that your dog's diet contains an appropriate amount of healthy fats, such as those found in fish oil or olive oil. Fats are important for brain health and cognitive function but should be provided in moderation to prevent weight gain. Raw frozen diets are often supplemented with olive oil.

    Avoid Food Allergens If your dog has food allergies or sensitivities, avoid potential allergens in their diet to prevent inflammation and discomfort. Many dogs are allergic to common ingredients in dogs foods like chicken, turkey, beef, grains and dairy.

    Small, Frequent Meals - Offer smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day instead of one large meal. This can help prevent digestive issues and stabilize blood sugar levels.

Please check with your veterinarian before making any diet changes. Pets with certain conditions, like liver or kidney disease, may require a specially-formulated diet.


"Carson, my beloved 14 year old Jindo Chow, was showing signs of extreme dementia. He was pacing all night, barking at nothing and exhibiting other odd and upsetting behavior. His quality-of-life was terrible and my husband and I were at our wits end...no sleep and just so worried. We tried a medication but the side effects almost killed him. We did not know where to turn until a friend recommended Ask Ariel’s Dog Brain Booster. OMG, what a difference it has made...it is a miracle herb. Carson has no more dementia traits; he sleeps through the night, doesn't bark unnecessarily, and all his other dementia behaviors have disappeared. I wouldn't believe it if I wasn't living it, but it is like I said, a miracle supplement. I could not be happier and my husband and I also have our lives back. No words can express our gratitude. Thank you Ask Ariel!!" - Michele, California

The Best Supplements For Dog Dementia Natural Treatment

Dogs with dementia can benefit from supplements that help support cognitive function and overall brain health. Here are some commonly recommended supplements:

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fish oil, are beneficial for brain health and can help reduce inflammation in the brain. They support cognitive function and may slow the progression of dementia in dogs.

    Antioxidants - Antioxidants help combat oxidative stress and protect brain cells from damage caused by free radicals. Resveratrol and coenzyme Q10 and are examples of antioxidants that can support brain health in dogs with dementia. CoQ10 supports mitochondrial function and energy production in cells. It may help protect brain cells from oxidative damage and slow the progression of dementia in dogs.

    Phospholipid Compounds - Phospholipids support brain health by ensuring the structural integrity of cell membranes. They are necessary for optimal brain function and neurotransmitter signaling. Phospholipids like citicoline, glycerophosphocholine and phosphatidylserine may help improve cognitive function and memory in aging dogs.

    Acetyl-L-Carnitine - Acetyl-L-carnitine is an amino acid derivative that supports mitochondrial function and energy production in cells. It may help improve cognitive function and reduce the progression of dementia in dogs.

    SAMe (S-Adenosyl methionine) - SAMe is a compound that plays a role in neurotransmitter synthesis and has been studied for its potential to improve cognitive function and mood in dogs with dementia.

    Curcumin - Curcumin may aid dogs with dementia by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. It could also promote brain health by supporting the growth of new brain cells and enhancing neurotransmitter activity.

    Hemp Extract - Hemp extract oil has shown promise in alleviating symptoms of dementia in dogs by reducing inflammation, calming anxiety, and improving overall cognitive function. Its anti-inflammatory properties may help protect brain cells from damage, while its anxiolytic effects could ease behavioral symptoms associated with the condition.

    Medicinal Mushrooms - Medicinal mushrooms, like Reishi have neuroprotective properties, potentially reducing inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain. They may stimulate nerve growth factor production, which could help improve cognitive function and alleviate symptoms associated with dementia.

    Green Tea Extract - The high levels of antioxidants, particularly EGCG, in green tea extract can help combat oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain of dogs with dementia. These compounds have been shown to support cognitive function and may slow down the progression of cognitive decline associated with aging.

    Ginkgo Biloba - Ginkgo biloba is an herbal supplement that may improve cognitive function and blood flow to the brain. It has been used in traditional medicine to support brain health in aging humans and animals.


"Sophie, our sweet boxer, is now 14 years old. As many senior dogs do, Sophie started to act confused, was barking for no reason. It seemed like she had dementia and would sometimes appear as though she were "drunk" which affects some senior dogs. She appeared to not even know that she was barking. She would get anxious, confused and stressed. Our veterinarian diagnosed her with Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) and also vestibular disease. We tried the Dog Brain Booster for healthy brain function and we got our Sophie back within just a few days. She is once again playing with our other boxer and the barking has stopped. We would not have our Sophie with us today if it wasn't for Ask Ariel's diet and supplements." - Karen, California

Supplements For Dogs With Dementia

Dog Brain Booster

Dog Brain Booster

FOOD for your dog's brain! It supports overall dog brain function and motor coordination and reduces behavioral problems associated with doggie dementia. It contains two of the most powerful and beneficial brain nutrients, Phosphatidyl serine and acetyl-L-carnitine. These two nutrients have been extensively researched for their ability to enhance memory, relieve depression, and improve mental acuity. Dog Brain Booster is an excellent brain support supplement for brain tumors, doggie dementia and/or a neurological issue such as degenerative myelopathy or focal seizures. Dog Brain Booster can be energizing, so it is given in the morning.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Dogs

PureOcean Wild Omegas

Provides essential fatty acids that support brain function. Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to brain health. The eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) found in PureOcean Wild Omegas helps to improve cognitive function and may reduce symptoms of doggie dementia (disorientation, disrupted sleep patterns, altered family interaction and loss of house training). Fish oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is important for maintaining overall health, including brain function and cardiovascular health.

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Hemp Extract For Dogs

Happy Paws Hemp Extract

Hemp extract is helpful for dog dementia due to its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. It may help reduce inflammation in the brain, protect neurons from damage, and promote overall brain health, potentially slowing down the progression of dementia symptoms in dogs. Hemp extract can aid in improving sleep quality and relieving pain in dogs by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, which regulates various physiological processes, including sleep and pain perception. Many owners report that Happy Paws Hemp Extract Oil has been helpful to relieve the symptoms of Sundowner's Syndrome in dogs such as pacing and agitation.

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CoQ10 For Dementia

Purrfect Pet CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a powerful antioxidant that supports overall brain health. It helps to protect brain cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals, which can contribute to cognitive decline. CoQ10 also plays a role in cellular energy production, which is essential for optimal brain function. By promoting brain cell health and function, CoQ10 may help improve cognitive function and slow the progression of dementia in dogs. Purrfect Pet CoQ10 can help to keep senior pets feeling at their best.

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SAMe For Dogs

Special SAM-e For Dogs

Studies indicate that SAM-e (S-Adenosyl methionine) plays a crucial role in supporting brain health by enhancing cognition and mood, making it one of the best supplements for canine cognitive dysfunction. SAM-e aids in regulating the sleep-wake cycle, alleviating mental confusion, agitation, and improving responsiveness in senior dogs. Many pet owners have observed positive effects such as increased energy and vitality in their senior dogs with the use of SAM-e supplements.

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Lifestyle Tips For Dogs With Dementia

A holistic approach with supplements, diet changes and lifestyle changes will give your pet the best chance at maintaining a happy and healthy life while living with dementia. Here are some simple lifestyle tips to help you and your dog navigate through doggie dementia:

  • Stick to a routine.
  • Keep your dog in areas where they feel safe and familiar.
  • Avoid situations that may cause stress or anxiety.
  • Go for walks in the evening, so your dog sleeps better.
  • Use puzzle toys for mental stimulation.
  • Have patience.
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Canine Cognitive Dysfunction & Doggie Dementia Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the signs of dementia in dogs?

The most common signs of dementia in dogs can include Sundowner’s syndrome which changes the sleep-wake cycle, reduced responsiveness, getting stuck in corners, staring into space, barking at nothing, wandering aimlessly, confusion, anxiety, and fewer social interactions. Changes in your pet’s activity and brain function usually happen gradually and many times the symptoms of canine cognitive dysfunction will affect your dog’s life before you start to notice them.

What can I give my dog for dementia?

Natural supplements can help to alleviate some of the symptoms of cognitive dysfunction without the potential side effects of medication. Phosphatidyl serine and acetyl-L-carnitine are two nutrients that have been extensively researched for their ability to enhance memory, relieve depression and improve mental acuity. Dog Brain Booster contains a combination of these ingredients and has been used successfully with senior pets for over 15 years. Scientific studies have shown SAMe to be safe and effective for senility and dementia, by helping to regulate the sleep-wake cycle and by improving mood in senior dogs. Omega 3 fatty acids are also essential for brain health and the docosahexaenoic acid, DHA, found in Amazing Omegas has been shown to improve cognitive function. A grain-free, high moisture diet rich in omegas from fish oil and fish, along with green vegetables and other antioxidants may be helpful.

Does hemp oil help dogs with dementia?

Scientific research suggests that hemp may help reduce the symptoms of doggie dementia and slow the progression of canine cognitive dysfunction. Hemp can reduce the anxiety and stress related to CCDS as it promotes calming and reduces inflammation. Hemp is also rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which can improve cognitive function and reduce dementia symptoms.

What is canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome?

Canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome or CCDS is similar to Alzheimer’s disease in humans. It is also referred to as doggie dementia. Changes in your dog’s brain function will occur gradually. Aging dogs can begin to lose awareness, become less responsive and have increased anxiety or restlessness. Brain health is greatly affected by the aging process. Preventative supplementation with antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids may help to control oxidation and enhance brain function. If your dog has been diagnosed with canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome, supplements can slow the progress of the disease and improve her quality of life.