Think it's dementia? Remember DISHA

August 3, 2016
Gary Landsberg DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM (companion animals)
Gary Landsberg DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM (companion animals)

Dr. Gary Landsberg received his DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1976 and is a board-certified behaviorist of both the American and European colleges. He offers behavior consultation services at the North Toronto Veterinary Behaviour Specialty Clinic in Thornhill, is a consultant for VIN, Vice President of Veterinary Affairs for CanCog Technologies and a member of the Fear Free initiative executive committee. He is co-author of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat. Dr. Landsberg received the companion animal behavior award from AAHA in 2000 and the meritorious service award from the Western Veterinary Conference in 2014.

This handy abbreviation will help you pinpoint true cases of cognitive dysfunction in your veterinary patients.

Aging ain't easy. The creaky joints and crankiness that goes along with it. Our pets are no different. Then there's the scarier part-the possible loss of memory, the dementia. You've likely learned this before, but in case you forgot (no judgment here!), veterinary behaviorist Dr. Gary Landsberg gives this reminder of the signs of dementia in older cats and dogs, abbreviated DISHA:

  • Disorientation

  • Interactions

  • Sleep changes

  • Housesoiling

  • Activity changes

Get more details about each sign in the video below.

Share this video with your clients that have older pets, too. They may be seeing some of these signs and not reporting them to you because they think it's all just normal. Then you can step in and help!