Por: Karen L. Overall

Because of the big advances in the care and the diet, increasingly animal live until an advanced age. We center us a lot in the corporal ages of our patients doing upsetting in the same things that the doctors say us ? Keep a healthy weight, treat the arthritis and monitor the illnesses sistémicas that engage an organ or a specific system, which arrives to be very common with the age. We the human beings also concern us by the health of our brain, fearing the effects debilitantes of the tauopatías like the illness of Alzheimer. Then, we would have to concern us by the cerebral health of our canine mates?

The continuous investigations suggest that the answer to this question is an unambiguous ?himself!?. During the last decades, have changed the way to see to the animals in general. Now it is a be exceptional that has grown in our house or farm, and have arrived to recognize the fundamental paper of the bond that exists between the human being and the animal in the daily life of our customers. The customers that have invested in veterinary cares to see to his dogs or cats that cross the average age are had to do all the possible no only to prolong the life of his pets, but also to guarantee that his brains are so healthy as it was possible. The relation that these customers value is so much conductual like emotional, and is this same relation that the pathological cerebral aging removes. It corresponds to the modern veterinary medicine do all the possible for warning the theft of this relation.

Comfort to the customers with the fact that his pets have had a good life and advise the euthanasia is not fashionable. The fear that this was the council that the veterinary will give can prevent that a lot of customers look for help when his greater pets begin to present unusual behaviors. Instead, if we encourage to the customers to anticipate  to the changes and to take part as soon as possible, these pets and the people that want to them can happen a lot of together years with quality of additional life.

How we recognize the cerebral aging in the dogs?

Whereas the human beings suffer numerous tauopatías, each one with cognitive or anatomical dimensions, the emphasis in the dogs roots in a diagnostic relatively inespecífico of canine cognitive dysfunction (CD, by his acronyms in English), sometimes also called syndrome of cognitive dysfunction. In the dogs, the CD generally diagnoses  thanks to a historial of desorientación, alterations in the social and interactive behaviors, changes in the behavior locomotor and in the cycles of dream, and what designates  often loss of domestic training. In a CD of early start, the animals can have a light alteration in the cycles of dream and seem more anxious. The alterations in the social and interactive behaviors can present  like a greater need, but can change to a form of disconnection in the social interactions with all the species.

The estimates of numerous studies suggest that at least the 25 percent of the greater dogs of 10 years shows one of these signs associated with the cerebral aging, and that to the 15 years, more than the 60 percent of the dogs is affected in some measure.

What seems ocasionar the destructive changes of the cerebral aging?

If we understand what sucede to cellular and molecular level to measure that the age advances, the way to avoid or treat the pathological cerebral aging will do  clearer. They exist three main appearances that contribute to the problematic of the cerebral changes related with the age: the changes oxidativos related with the processes, like the training of free radicals; the training of injuries, included those compound of amyloid; and the changes in the availability of energy and oxygen. All these factors interactúan to engage the cerebral function.