Dementia in Dogs: Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

As long-time readers of Divinity’s blog know, in the last year of her life, Divinity suffered from K9 dementia. Specifically, Sundowner’s Syndrome.

Note: This is the first post in a multi-part series on dementia in dogs.

Symptoms of K9 Dementia can include:
  • Pacing back and forth or in circles (often turning consistently in one direction)
  • Getting lost in familiar places
  • Staring into space or walls
  • Walking into corners or other tight spaces and staying there
  • Appearing lost or confused
  • Having difficulty getting all the way into bed
  • Getting trapped under or behind furniture
  • Sleeping more during the day and less at night

Click the following link to download a printable version of the complete Canine Cognitive Dysfunction checklist

To learn more about Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, click the following link to

Cognitive Dysfunction in Older Dogs


Canine Cognitive Dysfunction – Timmy’s Story


5 responses

  1. These symptoms sound just like the symptoms of Cushings disease as described by my vet with my 16 yo maltese. Your remarks to this are appreciated

  2. Pingback: Dementia in Dogs: Canine Cognitive Dysfunction – LITTLER DOGS

  3. Pingback: Hospice Care: An alternative for pets suffering from Doggy Dementia « Divinity

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