Nutritional supplementation in cases of canine cognitive dysfunction - A clinical trial

Heath, S.E., Barabas, S. and Craze, P.G. (2007) Nutritional supplementation in cases of canine cognitive dysfunction - A clinical trial. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 195 (4). pp. 284-296. ISSN 0168-1591

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Canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) is a clinical condition, which impacts significantly on the lives of elderly dogs and their owners. It is hypothesised that nutritional supplementation can be used in the management of the condition and this trial was designed to investigate the therapeutic effects of a specific supplement when compared to a placebo. The trial was conducted in a clinical context and involved 20 UK veterinary practices, giving geographical spread across the country. The duration of the trial was 56 days, including a baseline period of 7 days and a post trial period of 7 days. There was a significant difference between the treated and the placebo groups in relation to improvement in their scores for disorientation, changes in interaction and house soiling behaviour at day 21, day 28 and day 42. These results support the clinical practice of nutritional supplementation as a valuable component of the therapeutic approach in cases of canine cognitive dysfunction.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Alzheimer's disease; canine; cognitive; dementia; disorientation; nutraceutical
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biology and Environmental Science
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Depositing User: Paul Craze
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 12:16

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