Welcome to our dementia symptom checker

Have you noticed your older dog acting differently? This could be down to a number of reasons, one of which could be dementia (also known as cognitive disfunction). Up to 85% of dementia cases go undiagnosed, so to help you rule this out, take our questionnaire now.

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The following questionnaire is designed to evaluate any changes in the behaviour of your older dog.

It can help to identify whether these changes are likely to be due to a medical condition such as dementia, or simply a normal consequence of ageing.

When answering the questions, please only describe what you have seen in the past six months.

If you cannot answer a question for some reason, please leave it blank.

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Indicate how often your dog displays the following behaviours:

Never
Once a month
Once a week
Almost everyday
Stares intently where there is nothing visible
Does not remember their way back home
Gets stuck behind objects or furniture
Stays on the wrong side of the door
Does not respond to certain stimuli that they used to respond to (e.g. doorbell)
Does not give any signal when they want to go out
Walks during the night (without an obvious reason), when they did not used to do this
Vocalises (barks, whines) during the night (without an obvious reason), when they did not used to do this
Does not recognise familiar people
Does not recognise familiar animals
Shows more signs of fear or aggression towards people and / or other dogs than they used to
Urinates and / or defaecates in new (inappropriate) places when they did not used to do this
Finds it difficult to respond to previously learned commands
Is less active or playful than they used to be
Shows repetitive behaviours (chases own tail, snaps at ‘invisible’ flies, etc.)
Walks without obvious purpose
Shows more signs of anxiety when separated from their owners than before (main signs of anxiety are shaking, shivering or trembling, excessive salivation, restlessness / agitation / pacing, whining, loss of appetite)
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