Walking your dog could prevent canine dementia: study
If you don’t walk your dog regularly, the results could be brutal, new research shows.
Dogs that lead inactive lives are 6.47 times more likely to develop a condition of memory loss due to canine cognitive dysfunction, researchers from the University of Washington recently reported.
This study also indicated that CCD – a major veterinary concern – and Alzheimer’s disease found in humans “have many similarities.”
It appears that studying canine disease could lead to breakthroughs in people with neurodegenerative diseases, according to research.
“Dogs with CCD could serve as candidates for preventive and / or therapeutic treatment for AD.
strategies, ”according to author Sarah Yarborough, who added that further studies“ may help advance the treatment of dementia in dogs ”.
The researchers also found that the “reverse association” with dogs that remained active throughout their lives was due to exercise positively affecting a “variety of biological mechanisms” on the puppy brains.
“The reduced chances of CCD in the more active dogs in our cohort may be the result of these same mechanisms.”
Nationally, more than 15,000 dogs were studied from late October to December 2020, and like Alzheimer’s disease, CCD has also been shown to be compatible with older dogs.
“The clinical signs of this decline appear to be linked to learning and memory deficits, loss of spatial awareness, altered social interactions, and disrupted sleep patterns,” according to the study, which noted that “assessment tools” have been developed to distinguish dogs with CCD from those who have aged in good health.
It was also noted that a sedentary lifestyle linked to COVID-19 developed by pet owners and dogs had an impact on the results.
The study also indicated that “owners who spend more time at home with their dog can have an impact [on] the actual health of a dog.
“This can increase the likelihood of observing specific health behaviors that would affect a dog’s stated health condition.”