Dog Dementia and Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

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A lapse in dog house training behavior can occur later in a dog’s life. Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) is the equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease in humans. It is the third leading cause of euthanasia, and affects over seven million dogs ten years of age and older.

CDS is an age-related deterioration of cognitive or mental abilities in dogs characterized by behavioral changes that include loss of house training, disorientation, aimless wandering, staring into space, and decreased responsiveness to family members, confusion and excessive sleeping.

There is no blood test or CAT-scan to test for canine cognitive dysfunction; the evidence can only be found by examining the dog’s brain post mortem.

Vets make the diagnosis by ruling out other problems that cause similar dog symptoms.

Traditional Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome Treatment

Anipryl is a once-a-day pill that helps to relieve dog dementia. Over 77 percent of dogs show improvement in less than 30 days with Anipryl.

Complementary Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome Treatments

Paaws Pet Vitamins and VitaLife Dog Supplements help many senior dogs to combat CDS by boosting brain function and restoring normal canine mental clarity and function.

Deprinyl is a natural nutrient available over-the-counter and is exactly the same as the medication currently sold as Anipryl but comes with a much lower price tag.


About Dr. Carol

Dr. Carol is a pet health researcher, a Board Certified Anti-Aging Pet Health Diplomat and a practicing, holistic veterinarian in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

She welcomes new canine and feline patients. Dr. Carol also offers pet health consultations and answers pet health questions by phone and e-mail for her online pet loving community.

Pet owners may contact Dr. Carol directly at her veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for their dog(s) and/or cat(s) today.

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Hyper Pups and Fraidy Cats

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Our pets love to move, it seems, though sometimes not in ways we would expect. When our pets are much more active than we expect, we sometimes refer to them as being hyperactive. On the other hand, when pets shy away from situations or events, we often deduce that they are afraid of what’s coming. What can you do as a pet parent if your fur-baby is either a hyper pup or a fraidy cat?

True hyperactivity in canines is relatively rare. Many times, pets are chosen because they are cute – without much thought given to the actual characteristics of the breed. While some breeds are mildly active, other breeds of dogs need a great deal of exercise. Before deeming your pup as hyperactive, research the breed and see if the behavior is typical. Also, take note of your pup’s age. Dogs who are three years old and younger still have boundless energy, while dogs over this age tend to become a bit more mellow.

Also, take into consideration your pup’s diet and any habits that have developed. Food sensitivity can cause hyperactive behaviors in some dogs. If you have previously been very “hands-on” or developed a routine of playing with your pup and then suddenly stop engaging him, this could also attribute to your dog’s seemingly hyperactive behavior.

“Fraidy cats” often appear to be fearful in response to real or seemingly real stimuli. All from the smallest kitten to the largest dog can be deemed fraidy cats during a loud thunderstorm. In this respect, our four-legged friends are not so different from humans, as many of us are also afraid during thunderstorms!

For our purposes today, though, we’ll focus on actual cats and kittens who are afraid of veterinarian visits. Statistically speaking, there are more felines as pets than canines, yet veterinarians often see more dogs than cats. This isn’t because dog lovers are more concerned about their pet, but more cats are actually afraid of the vet and pet owners are more hesitant to schedule the visits.

If your cat is afraid of the veterinarian, consider using Bach’s Pet Rescue Remedy. This herbal remedy is safe for dogs, cats, and even humans and can be used to relieve stress. Also, make a few test runs to the veterinarians office so that the cat can become more accustomed to the surroundings and will feel less afraid.

Whether you have a fraidy cat or a very active pooch, keep in mind that just like humans, all pets are unique. No two will act exactly the same. If you have questions or concerns about your pets’ behavior, a discussion with your veterinarian should ease your mind.

Holistic veterinarian and pet health researcher,  Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM., is available for pet health questions and pet health consultations for dogs and/ or cats.
Contact Dr. Carol’s veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for your dog and/or cat today.


Shocked TV Anchor Bitten by Dog? What Were Warning Signs?

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Denver television news anchor was bitten by a large dog on live television recently. While many were shocked, statistics show that one million people are treated for dog bites each year. Certain dog breeds are more prone to attack than others, and adult dogs with little or no training during their younger years are even more aggressive. Are you aware of the warning signs of an aggressive dog attack?

Warning Signs of Dog Attack:

  • Tail pointed up.
  • Ears standing up.
  • Stance is straight-legged and stiff.
  • Lips appear retracted with teeth showing.
  • Direct eye contact with the dog.
  • Leaning toward the potential victim.

Knowing the signs of a potential attack can help prevent attacks. Once you recognize signs that a dog may be about to attack, back away from the dog to avoid attacks and attempt to put the animal at ease. Dog owners should be aware of signs their dog may be about to attack and diffuse situations immediately for the protection of the dog, owner, and potential victim.

For more information on dog behavior issues and dog attacks, see the following links:

Aggression In Dogs

Toddler Dead After Family Dog Attack

Training Your Puppy to Become a Well Mannered Pet

Holistic veterinarian and pet health researcher,  Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM., is available for pet health questions and pet health consultations for dogs and/ or cats.

Contact Dr. Carol’s veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for your dog and/or cat today.


Puppy Mill Pug Gets New Leash on Life!

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Dear Dr. Carol,

I wanted to update you on our dog Chloe.  First of all, I want you to know that she is an absolute sweetheart!  We adopted her when she was a year and a half old from Little Angels Pug Rescue.  She had been in a backyard puppy mill when her owner got evicted and was out on the street with all her pugs and thank goodness she called Little Angels.

Chloe was scared to death of everyone and everything at the time.  But, she couldn’t be loved more than my husband and I love her. We adapted her into our family and home in about a minute.

It has now been a year since I’ve had my almost 13 year old pug on your Paaws Vitamins.  Paaws has helped her incredibly.  She is much more active, and I can tell she feeling so much better.

Before I started her on Paaws, her tail had stopped curling and we could tell her arthritic back would get stiff and painful and she would only go on short walks and then after a block, immediately turn towards home.

Now, she has loads of energy,  and loves her walks.  She continues to walk, run, jump and play like a puppy until we actually have to turn her around and steer towards home.  It is so good to see the life back in her.

Thank you for your wonderful product. We will keep Chloe on Paaws forever!!!!

Wendy W. Irvine, California

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Holistic veterinarian and researcher, Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM is available for pet health care consultations and pet health questions.

Call Dr. Carol’s office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for your pet.

Canine Chewing Solutions

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Making sure that your puppy starts life out on the right paw from day one helps prevent canine behavioral problems from developing later in life.

Puppies get new teeth until they are six months old.  From four to six months of age puppy teething is a primary concern.

That’s important to understand because when puppies teeth, their gums are sore and chewing makes their gums feel better.  Later on, dogs chew because it’s fun.  Occasionally dogs chew to relieve anxiety (canine separation anxiety) or boredom.  The most common medical cause of chewing in older dogs is gum disease, which is called canine gingivitis.


One puppy chewing solution is to provide age appropriate dog toys to chew.  Several pet products are available commercially, including safe edible dog bones and canine cotton “flossing” knots.  You can also make pet chew toys as a family project. For example frozen washcloths, frozen green beans, kool-aid cubes, and fruit squares are fun activities for kids and parents and dogs love’em!
Avoid rawhide pet toys, most are soaked in formaldehyde, which is carcinogenic, (cancer causing potential) and avoid all real meat bones because they can splinter into sharp pieces which can damage your puppies stomach and intestines.
Don’t give your puppy your old shoes to chew on.  Puppies don’t know the difference between old shoes and new shoes and most people don’t appreciate their new shoes being chewed up.

Older dogs that chew excessively may have a medical and/or a behavioral problem.  First check with your vet:  have a complete physical and dental examination.  Eighty-five percent of dogs over three years old have gum disease, which is painful and is also a leading cause of canine heart disease.  A professional dog dental cleaning generally solves the problem.

TIP: Get your new puppy out into the world and introduce him or her to as many new sights, sounds, smells and tastes as you can.  Take your puppy out  for a brisk walk before you leave him alone at home.  Chances are your puppy will be inclined to relax and take a nap while your gone and leave your house intact.

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Pet Product Offers Natural Relief for Dog Arthritis & Hip Dysplasia

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Letters like this really make this veterinarian’s day and I wanted to share this note I received with all of my pet loving friends!

maria a. cory dog german shephard 12 22 09

Dr. Carol,

My 2 dogs, Cory and Mozart have been on PAAWS for about 15 days and I already notice a BIG improvement in their mobility.

Cory is a German Shepherd. She is 14 years old and has hip dysplasia and arthritis. Mozart, my 12 year old Labrador Retriever also has arthritis and his hind legs were pretty stiff.

In 15 days, Mozart is starting to prance when we go on walks and Cory just ran to the back of my backyard in a foot of snow as she heard kids going by to play. All I have to say is that I have ordered a year’s supply of PAAWS vitamins today!


One other benefit, Cory used to be depressed and I can tell that PAAWS is putting her in a good mood each day. It must be the Vitamin B12 as I notice when I take it I feel energetic and happy too!
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Senior Dogs Health & Behavior Enjoy “Complete Turnaround”

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Hi Dr. Carol,
I wanted to get back to you and let you know how our 14 year old dog, Scruffy is doing…
Since you changed his Paaws vitamin supplements to Senior dogs I have had no problems whatsoever with him.

Every piece of information that you have given to me regarding the Paaws, probiotics, digestive enzymes, your home-made diet, eye drops, bathing tips etc. have been a complete turnaround for him in his health and personality.

I am so glad I found you through the internet. I only wish I would have known about you when I lived in Ohio. Your time and opinions and been so worth getting my dog back from where I did not think he was going to make it, to almost completely back to his old personality.

Dr. Carol, DVM & Tucker
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Arthritis Relief for Retired Greyhound with Natural Pet Product

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racing greyhound

Dear Dr. Carol,

We want to thank you for the introduction to your amazing Paaws vitamins that we have been giving to Windy Wag. Windy Wag is a retired racing greyhound that we rescued on Christmas day of 2003. We started her on them approximately 3 months ago and the results have been excellent.

windy wag

First of all, Windy Wag has had a problem with “bunny hopping” on one of her rear legs due to severe arthritis for years. She just turned 11 years old in September of 2009. We introduced the Paaws vitamins to her food by crumbling them over her food and adding a little warm water then mixing them up with a spoon. She loves the tasteand can’t wait to eat her breakfast and dinner. She licks the bowl clean after each meal.

Paaws Vitamins

We noticed a few very positive changes after a couple of weeks, one being that the “bunny hopping” almost disappeared and within 4 weeks was so rare that we could not believe how effective the Paaws vitamins were!!
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Senior Dog Dementia Responds to Natural Pet Product

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Marybeth & Emily

Our 14 year old dalmation, Emily used to sleep most of the day and she spent alot of time just sitting there staring at the wall. We tried some meds from the vet but they didn’t seem to change her behavior at all. I finally found the Paaws vitamins and decided to give them a try.

Its been 3 weeks and Emily’s energy level has skyrocketed! She RUNS everywhere she goes. She even comes with us when we go out to feed our horses in the afternoons, like she did when she was younger!

I’m so pleased I am starting my other older dog on these Paaws vitamins too; shes pretty weak. I am hoping these pills will help her.

Marybeth J.
Hallsville, Texas

Dog’s Behavior Improves with Pet Product

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Rebecca & Annie

Dear Dr. Carol,

I am really loving the Paaws. I had my dog on the Paaws vitamins when she was younger and them stopped for some reason. A couple weeks ago, Annie was staying at a friends house while we were out of town and she got lost. They found her a day later thanks to her micro-chip and we got our dog back but her behavior was odd and she was not acting like herself.

So I thought about Paaws and gave the vitamins another try.

Paaws was the answer as she is back to old herself again!!

Thank you for making such a great product,

Rebecca N.
Concord, North Carolina

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