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      Supplement for dementia/confusion/focus issues.

      Fran has been having issues with dementia or, at the very least, confusion. She walks out the room while I'm feeding them. She walks through the entire house, looking into every room repeatedly, not looking for us because we're all in the living room. She crashes through dog gates, licks the trash can and can't be stopped until she's removed from the room and engages in other obsessive compulsive behaviors. She goes outside and comes back in over and over and over again. She circles us, touching us the entire time which is kind of dangerous when we're coming downstairs. She just doesn't respond as she used to to stimuli or cues or hand signals.

      It might be "chemo brain" or age or Alzheimers.

      Talked to the vet and was prescribed Xiao Chai Hu Tang by Natural Path. After just a few days, she's noticeably more focused. Back to following basic commands. She stays in the room to eat and she doesn't pace nearly as much.

      Just wanted to put that out there in case anyone is experiencing similar issues with their dog.

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      So glad she is doing better.
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      That's good to know.

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      Good that a natural supplement is helping Fran. You are so full of helpful information. Every time you come up with more info, I put it in a file I have on dog supplements.

      Is this a dog only supplement or can people benefit from it also?
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      glad it worked and she is doing better Thanks for the tip

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      I forget, do you feed home cooked meals for your dogs? I seem to recall they have special needs, due to cancer, and you cook for them.

      I was going to suggest the Pro Plan Bright Minds 7+ (chicken and rice) dog food, because it has made such a difference with my senior (almost 10 year old) 2 year MCT survivor. She is sharp as a tack, plays with her grandaughters, and jumps on the bed and couch, the food seems to have improved her cognitive condition the most, but physically she is more active, agile, engaged and playful. I am about to put my 7 year old on it now too.
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      I am glad you found a good supplement for Fran, I like having the options of natural remedies, rather than just throwing medications at them.

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      I wonder if there are any studies to show that keeping doggy brains active helps them prevent dementia of some sorts, like us? So dogs should learn new things all their lives?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Shelley View Post
      I forget, do you feed home cooked meals for your dogs? I seem to recall they have special needs, due to cancer, and you cook for them.

      I was going to suggest the Pro Plan Bright Minds 7+ (chicken and rice) dog food, because it has made such a difference with my senior (almost 10 year old) 2 year MCT survivor. She is sharp as a tack, plays with her grandaughters, and jumps on the bed and couch, the food seems to have improved her cognitive condition the most, but physically she is more active, agile, engaged and playful. I am about to put my 7 year old on it now too.
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      Chicken & Rice For Older Dogs - BRIGHT MIND™ | Purina® Pro Plan®

      I am glad you found a good supplement for Fran, I like having the options of natural remedies, rather than just throwing medications at them.
      We've done home cooked for about ten years. Zo has never eaten commercial. Good to know that the companies are coming up with these kinds of foods though. Back in the day, if Science Diet didn't solve the problem, it was pretty much over.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Blackboy98 View Post
      Good that a natural supplement is helping Fran. You are so full of helpful information. Every time you come up with more info, I put it in a file I have on dog supplements.

      Is this a dog only supplement or can people benefit from it also?
      Apparently it is a people supplement. I looked it up online and it's listed as one of the oldest and most comprehensive Chinese health supplement. People use it for anything from the common cold to cancer and hepatitis. It's supposed to boost your immune system massively and some claim that it kills cancer cells directly.

      I'm glad that the information is so helpful. With four dogs having different issues, addressing those issues have changed our own lifestyles dramatically. Here's another one. I was having gut issues and could no longer tolerate MSG in any form, including yeast extract, autolyzed anything, protein extracts, etc. It became a real problem. I would eat a can of soup and become violently ill. Started taking an old Indian remedy called Neem. It's supposed to heal the gut and increase all kinds of tolerances. It's a huge thing for me because I have become so sensitive to so many things and of course we now know that gut issues cause body wide problems. I've stopped taking acid reducers as a result which had become almost a daily thing for me. Good stuff. I need to ask the vet if it can be used on the dogs though.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Snowshoe View Post
      I wonder if there are any studies to show that keeping doggy brains active helps them prevent dementia of some sorts, like us? So dogs should learn new things all their lives?
      I'm sure that's the case. Brains are brains. If sections start to calcify, new networks need to be created. The more complicated the brain, the better.

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