Supplements for CCD - a bit windy!
I don't post much in here but I guess I need to. I need to admit that Max is getting old....
He is 9 ish.
Got Max into the vet for his senior check up on Friday and had his bloodwork done. I discussed his behavioral issues with the vet and described his recent "raging" at the window and at other dogs and his dragging hubby down the street injuring him last month when a puppy ran up behind them while out walking. Also talked about his other little idiosyncracies, like getting "lost" in corners, forgetting commands etc.
His physical exam was okay, heart and lungs clear, no lumps or bumps or anything. Aside from his Spondylosis he is showing signs of arthritis in his shoulders and elbows now too.
His bloodwork was perfect but his thyroid was just a smidge off which could account for the increase in aggression. However, the vet also felt that it could be Canine Cognitive Dysfunction and a bit higher pain level with the new arthritis. He has easily 5 or 6 definite symptomes of CCD.
Her recommendation was that anipryl has not been shown to be very effective in a lot of dogs and it was pretty costly. She suggested we try a dietary approach and offered Science Diet B/D which I understand has had some pretty positive effects. She also suggested if I don't chose the food (check my speling on this) alpoic acid. I am at work and the sheet and bottle is at home! Max also gets fish oil and a probiotic. I also started him on some digestize enzymes to help him better use his food. It may also help to keep Havoc from eating Max's feces (ick!) as I think the undigested particles draw Havoc to it.
Max is eating NB Duck and Potato which is grain free.
She wants to hold on thyroid medicine right now as she felt it was so close, adding it may agitate him more. And we also want to see if the dietary stuff helps him, if it does not we will add the thyroid meds in a few months. In addition Max has no clinical signs attributable to hypothyroidism, other than the "raging" behavior. His coat is "glorious" to use vet's term, his eyes are in good shape, his weight is excellent.
As to the "raging" my theory is that he just does not behave as well for hubby as he does for me. I can shut him off before he gets going and he is fine. He has always been a little dog aggressive adn I don't think hubby handles that as well as I do. I don't rally think the aggression is much of an issue, as always with Max we have to manage his environment in regards to other dogs.
Hard to really put a finger on it all but in a nutshell I am looking for other helpful things others have done for their dogs with CCD.
URO3,UCD Aleshanee Windridge "Kayos" CD,TDX,RE,CGC,HIC,TC
PTE,AG2,AN,URO3,UCD Xtra!Xtra! V TeMar "Havoc" CDX,GN,RE,CGC,HIC,TC,BH
UACH,URO1 Tidmores Rising Star Lydia "Mayhem" CD,BN,AX,OAJ,NF,RE,HT,TC,CGC,
Lucky, Wolf, Max