Dementia in dogs is possible, just like in humans. Finding the most effective, least invasive method of dealing with, or preventing, this occurrence is important to dog parents.
There are some natural items used to ward off dementia in humans. Some of these may be applied to dogs, although many studies do not necessarily focus on dogs.
For example, cinnamon has shown promise in its ability to preserve neuron structure and function, which is important to brain health. Two compounds in cinnamon, called cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin, have displayed these effects.
Insulin control is also important in preserving brain function. So keep your dog on a healthy diet to help keep blood sugar levels in check.
B vitamins may also play a role in preserving brain function. Specifically, vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid may help support brain function or even slow dementia. Older dogs, just like older people, notoriously have difficulty absorbing B12.
Some other studies also suggest general anesthesia may increase dementia risk. Of course surgery is sometimes absolutely necessary, but probably best to avoid unnecessary surgery.
Magnesium tends to be low in Alzheimer’s patients.
Vitamin D may help optimize brain chemical function, and acts as an anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing compound
Omega-3 fatty acids are well known as brain building, anti-inflammatory compounds.
Antioxidants in vegetables and some fruits like berries, can help preserve health, as will a high potency multivitamin/mineral supplement. Vitamins C and E are also protective.