Show: April 21, 2013:
- The Family and Medical Leave Act turns 20
- Should health insurance exchanges be regulated by the federal government?
- Zapping addiction
- Doc chat: Are boys more susceptible to autism?
- Consumer Reports and health care
- How does gastric bypass surgery work?
- Should the sun be our primary source of vitamin D?
- Can food replace medicine?
- Could your pets be at risk for dementia?
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Could your pets be at risk for dementia?
Interview: Elizabeth Murphy, DVM.
As some pets age, they may begin forgetting things, like where the door is or how to get outside. Senile dementia, most prevalent among dogs, resembles senile dementia in humans. To prevent dementia, pet owners should give animals omega 3 fatty acid supplements and encourage exercise. Elizabeth Murphy, DVM, suggests that owners give their animals a sense of purpose, like getting the paper in the morning or becoming a certified companion for nursing homes and day cares. Establishing good routines, keeping weight under control and having a sense of purpose can help prevent cognitive dysfunction.