AN262 Behaviour - cognitive (CDS), confusion, restless, dementia, brain damage.
Many senior dogs are easy to spot by their increasingly grey or white muzzles, their slowness or unsteadiness as they rise from lying down, or their need to nap more often.
Physical signs of aging in dogs are easily recognizable, but behavior changes that also often occur aren't always as obvious. In an older dog with no history of behavior problems, the cause is typically either an underlying medical condition or cognitive decline. That's why if your dog's behavior is changing, it's time to make an appointment with your veterinarian for a senior wellness checkup.
Senior and geriatric patients should ideally see the vet 2 to 3 times a year, because after about age 8 (younger for large and giant breeds), a dog's wellness and nutritional needs can require fine-tuning every 4 to 6 months. In older pets it's also very important to review weight, muscle tone, joint range of motion, diet, supplement protocol, and exercise habits at least semi-annually.
Cognitive decline (CD) in an older dog is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning all potential medical causes for a behavior change (more about this shortly) have been ruled out. Veterinarians sometimes use the acronym DISHA to evaluate cognitive dysfunction (CD) in a senior dog:
•Disorientation — Is the dog walking aimlessly about the house, staring at the walls, or even losing his balance and falling? The key here is that even when he's in his normal, familiar environment, he gets disoriented, for example, he goes out his doggy door to the backyard, and then seems to forget how to get back in. There can also be a loss of spatial awareness.
•Interactions — Is the dog interacting differently with family members or other pets in the home? This can involve sudden or increasing irritability or even aggression in a dog who's been friendly and social all her life. It can also take the form of withdrawal from family members and the features of daily life she was once very interested in, such as a knock at the door or the appearance of her leash, meaning she's about to get a walk.
•Sleep — Is the dog no longer sleeping through the night, or is restless or wakes frequently? Like many older people, senior dogs can experience changes in sleep patterns or even a disruption in circadian rhythms. Your dog may begin pacing at night instead of falling into a deep slumber as she once did. Some dogs even reverse their schedules entirely, doing during the daytime what they used to do at night and vice versa.
As animal age, they can be deficient in minerals that affect neurotransmitters (brain singles).
1. So to help the neurotransmitters add a supplement called GABA Capsules in each meal once a day.
Med to Large dog: Just 1/4 powder from capsule. Small dog: 1/4 Toy dog or cat: add a pinch to meals - once a day.
* We use Now Foods, GABA, 500 mg, 100 Veg Capsules By Now Foods from iherb.com
2. Also, the gut is a second mini brain, therefore looking after digestion and gut flora is vitally important.
Probiotics and Colstrum powder supplement added to daily meals.
There are many many different strengths and types of Probiotics. For example here are some of the ones we like below (as the whole family can take it also)
"ProBiotic 12 Powder" * 200 Billion CFU’s (brand - Seeking Health)
from SeekingHealth.com - USA or https://return2health.com.au - Australia
"RAW Probiotics Ultimate Care" Capsules *100 Billion CFU’s (Band- Garden of Life).
The above from Garden of LIfe can be purchased at www.iherb.com
They are expensive, but they work the best I have ever tried. I have tried many and they just didn’t make a difference. Many of the Probiotics are very weak, these are all strong probiotics, so you don’t need much per day. If initially it upsets stomach, or loose stools, what works is to take a lower strength of a Probiotic for 2 weeks, then go back to the powerful one and all will be good,* Pets and whole family can take these.
It takes 2 months to fully restore gut flora.
Colostrum powder or Vanilla-flavored colostrum milk chewable tablets (yummy)
Colostrumhealth 100% pure Colostrum Powder - Order online.
$30 USD per bottle * scroll down to get the chewable ones * yummy!
DOSAGE GUIDE - SMALL TO MEDIUM DOMESTIC PETS
Two or more a day chewable tabs for medium to larger pets. DOGS will take them from your hand as they are so tasty. Maybe for toy dog or cats use the powder in meals. Add to milk drinks and to meals ongoing but after one to two months you will see how much better digestion is and wellness. Or a good pinch of the Colostrum powder in felines and toy dogs meals and milk drinks twice or more a day if possible. Take ongoing.
LARGER ANIMALS AND PETS - DOUBLE the amount of Colostrum Powder for larger pets and farm animals. eg. calves, foals - add the powder to water and oral syringe or add with an herbal antibiotic in apple juice.Repeat up to 6 times a day if having gut issues.
3. Loss of brain dysfunction and digestive disturbances can be seen from years of continual toxins overload along with the added events causing acute or chronic stress or traumas in their life. We also suggest the all-important mineral Magnesium Glycinate powder to daily meals to help as a natural relaxant.
4. Detox and Liver Support
We highly recommend detoxing your pet, using Activated Charcoal powder and the homeopathic Chemical Detox 110 drops or Pet Cleanse 42 drops (if not had alot of drugs and chemical products) and Liver Detox 36 homeopathic formula (as congested liver affects brain as well. as pet ages many chemical drugs over their life have damaged liver)
* Download the pdf HELP SHEET for further support and dosing instructions.
* See if you can watch some YouTubes on "Ttouch - Linda Tellington (USA) is the founder of this method. It works so well. Calming etc
There are practitioners that can help you also if you google about people in your area etc OR its easy to learn yourself.
Non-Drug Prescription - Set of 3 - for all species and ages.
1. HAMPL Cognitive Herbal 262-1 100ml (3.4oz)
Contains herbal extract: Tumeric, Rehmannia, Gingklo Biloba, Sweet Annie, Celandine
2. HAMPL Cognitive 262-2 30ml (1.oz) drops
Contains homeopathic, nosode, sarcode complex: Bartya Carb 6X, 1M, Arsenic Alb 200C,1M,10M (pacing, anxious), Chelidonium 6C (liver and portal system, dyspersia, gall-stones, restless, rheumatism, hepatitis, nephritis, cough, constipation), Scuttalaria 3X, 10M (hysteria), Zinc Met 10M (whining, pacing, bedwetting, cataracts, rheumatisum) with (NV) Frontal Lobe 1M (brain sarcode for emotional & cognition control), Moschus 30C, 10M (hysteria), Stress Eze formula, Passiflora 3X, 6X, 30C, MM (Insomia in aged and infant, nervous system), Tarentula cub 6X, 30X, 200C (sepsis), Thea 12X, 30C, 200C (nervous sleep, heart troubles), Lycopodium 30C (liver support), with Narayani 12 Special Brain paralysis formula 30C, 50M (brain cell boosting), GABA 3X, 6C,12C,10M and Serotonin 3X, 12X,10M (of depression - emotional feel well).
With HAMPL Brain~N~Nerve 113 -1 formula (circling to the left or right, head tilt and vertigo, vertigo with the sensation of objects turning in a circle, vertigo associated with ear issues, nausea or vomiting from vertigo, loss of balance while walking, visual disturbance, ataxia, vertigo in Meniere disease. Will also help boosts brain cells, or any brain damage, peripheral vestibular or geriatric vestibular syndrome.)
~ Apply drops to body, in water dish once a week. Example: if having acute symptoms apply drops to body and repeat frequently to get fast relief and response, then stop and go back to casual dosing on body or water dish.
3. HAMPL Relax 262-3 100ml (3.4oz) liquid
Contains herbal extract: Hops, Passionflower, Valerian, Scullcap, St Marys, Wild Lettuce, with 50% AN302(A) Adrenal Mix
* Download the pdf HELP SHEET beside the formulas for extra help and support.
For all species, size, and ages.
(a) “HOMEOPATHICS”are sold in either a clear liquid or tiny white pills or granules – both have no odour or taste) Easy “application dosing” for all species:
Refer to Bottle Label for suggested frequencies repeat dosing needed per day.
NOTE: the rule is one must “repeat a dose” more frequently with less time in between each application dose, which is more important than the amount given each time. Repeat application will provide faster action.
(b) “HERBAL MEDICINES ” (brown liquid – strong odour & tasting) ”Application dosing” for all species and sizes: Canine, equine, cow, sheep, goat : add herbal drops (as recommended on bottle label) to some (unsweetened apple sauce or apple juice) for canines and oral syringe side of mouth. Can add other vitamins (crushed) Alkaline green powders etc. to mix.
Refer to Bottle Label for amount of drops per species size. e.g 60 drops = 1 teaspoon
What I do for example: If I was needing to give herb treatments and/or vitamin supplements to feline or toy dog or other small animals – I add this herbal formula to a small bowl add some boiled water (about a teaspoon) to it so to dissolve the alcohol in it, let cool, then add what vitamins If needed (powder or crushed tab – a pinch) mixed in another 50ml of water, and oral syringe once a day or twice a day …smear on a little “vegemite paste” (if cannot get Vegemite in your country, try fresh pate or slippery elm powder added can help mask the taste) around and on tip of oral syringe, as felines seem to real like the taste of this paste, but not too much as it is quite a strong taste)
(c)“NUTRITIONAL Mix ” Giving vitamins and supplements (tablets or powders) Note: always crush tablet before adding to food or liquid mix. Felines or small animals: make up 1 cup of mixture, adding approx. a pinch of some type of Green powder (alkaline powder) or Chlorella powder (cleansing of toxins) or 1/4 Teaspoons of Slippery elm powder (to mask the taste) with 1 teaspoon of herbs if you are having to also give herbal medicines (i.e. brown liquid) Med to large animals: add twice to three times the amount.
DOSING: Feline or small animal: using an oral syringe draw up 1ml and gently small sips. Or add a teaspoon to meals if they don’t mind eating it with meals (mix well into food) Do not put in Fridge. Room temp is best as too cold is dislike by felines.
DOSING: Canine, equine, cow, sheep, goat: try mixing well into food and hand piece before feeding main meals. Or dose same as suggested for felines, but add three times as much herbal medicines and vitamins to 1/2 cup of water or (unsweetened) apple sauce or apple juice.
What I do for example: If i was needing to give herb treatments and/or vitamin supplements to feline or toy dog or other small animals – I add this herbal formula to 1/2 cup of boiled hot water to it so to dissolve the alcohol in it, let cool, then add what vitamins If needed (powder or crushed tab – a pinch) mixed in another 50ml of water, and oral syringe once a day or twice a day …. smear on a little “vegemite paste” (if cannot get Vegemite in your country, try fresh pate or slippery elm powder added can help mask the taste) around and on tip of oral syringe, as felines seem to real like the taste of this paste, but not too much as it is quite a strong taste)
Slippery Elm Powder If needing to add or use Slippery Elm powder
FOR CONDITIONS like …. diarrhea, stomach ulcers, or sore inflamed mouth or mouth ulcers, constipation, or IBS (i.e. colitis), plus it can also been given as a liquid meal given orally via syringe as it is highly nutritional (oral liquid feeding) for convalescing during illness when not eating solids.
CONVALESCING ..can been given as a liquid meal given orally via syringe as it is highly nutritional (oral liquid feeding) for convalescing during illness when not eating solids or not eating very well. ~ Add a small amount of powder to the mix to enough to make a runny liquid mix, if you put too much of the powder it will become thick and gluggy, if this happens you will need to add more liquid to it. Can add crushed vitamins and herbal medicines to this as well. OPTIONS: Oral dose in syringe or add to meals three times a day or more to maintain normal health again, then can stop or reduce frequencies.
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I give these remedies to my elderly lab cross Jack (just had his 15th birthday!). He has shown some signs of cognitive decline over the past two years so I wanted to help slow this down and reverse it if possible. Following Hampl's advice and using their remedies is helping to keep his mind alert and happy, and enabling me to feel confident that I am doing everything I can do to help him. Highly recommend this set of remedies.
Since using AN262 almost three weeks ago we have found that our dogs behaviour has changed for the better. She is much calmer, more alert, and has in fact started wagging her tail when we talk to her, which she didn't do before. The best part is that she sleeps through the night and hence we too are able to have a good nights sleep. If ever she starts getting restless we give her the restless drops and that settles her very quickly. Many thanks Diana for these wonderful herbal remedies, I will definitely continue using AN262.
Using this for my 15 year old Jackie, has made quite a difference, but I think it's actually Cushings so I'll need to order some of that for her. She is definitely more alert and aware of her surroundings using the Cog Support and the Restless Solution helps settle her down when she is pacing and wandering. Thank you, amazing stuff.
Zeb has been on Cognitive support for about 10 days as we were away on holidays when it arrived. H e will be 15 y/o in April 2013 and has 90% hearing loss and 50% sight loss due to cataracts. However, he is still very active and healthy. He has always been fed a healthy diet of raw chickem/meat and cooked/raw vegetable which he loves - no canned food and very occasionally good quality dry food with no added chemicals ( the expensive kind !!) He has occassions of seeming to be " tuning out" but I do not believe he has dementia as such and some of it is just not being able to hear or see properly. He still knows when I pick up the lead for a walk and when I put on my walking shoes etc. I am a great beleiver in natural therpaies and thought I would try this product ot se if it helped in any way. He is more alert, slleping slightly less and his hearing seems impporved ! I am amazed, he is happy and I will contiue to give this to him as a support/preventative medicine Thank you for a wonderfulorduct, I will keep you informed of his progress Best wishes Liz Cheyne and Zebidee
I have a 12 year old chow chow diagnosed with canine cognitive dysfunction. When she begins to come and stare at me and pants heavily, or begins randomly pacing from room to room, i place 3-4 of the "round tablets" of the Restless Relief between her cheek and gum. They are so small that she doesn't know they are there. After a few minutes she settles down and seems relaxed and back to her "normal self". This treatment seems to have broken the cycle so to speak and now i don't have to give it to her as often.