It’s Alzheimer’s + Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s + Brain Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s is a disease that doesn’t just impact the person who has it. It can also impact the person’s family as well. It can be scary. It can be heartbreaking. Like most brain conditions, it isn’t fun. I have went through it with three family members. Still experiencing with one of those family members. 

My grandparents pretty much raised me. My mom worked a lot when I was younger. She passed away when I was 15. So, my grandparents became my guardians. They experienced everything with me. Graduation, college, my first car, my first job, my first house. Everything. Losing both of them has changed my world. But, their legacy will forever live on. My grandma suffered from Alzheimer’s. My granddaddy had cancer. But, developed a brain condition towards the end. It was never confirmed to be Alzheimer’s. But, it was like a replay of my grandma. I suppose I’ll never know.

My aunt helped me a lot during high school. I lived with her most of my high school career. She battled breast cancer. She defeated it like a boss. She still battles with diabetes. Now she is battling with Alzheimer’s. I’d say Alzheimer’s was genetic. But, they adopted her from Japan in the 50’s. So, I wonder if environmental conditions may cause it. I’m no doctor though. Watching her go through it is just as tough. I wish this disease could be stopped dead in its tracks.

My grandma was probably the worst case of Alzheimer’s. She forgot who I was. She thought I was her nurse. She thought she was married to my husband at the time. She forgot how to eat. She forgot how to drink. It was sad. She suffered with it for almost 7 years. We lost her November 1, 2008.

My granddaddy was an army vet. He had three things he loved. God, his country, and his family. He was very strict. He remembered everything. Sometimes he thought he might forget something. So, he wrote everything down. The memory loss began during his battle with cancer. It happened at the end of the battle. He forgot who I was. Forgot how to eat. I always suspected Alzheimer’s. They never diagnosed it as Alzheimer’s.

You must be wondering what Alzheimer’s + Brain Awareness Month has to do with pets. Well, pets can get brain diseases as well. It isn’t just humans. Alzheimer’s is a close subject to my heart. June is Alzheimer’s + Brain Awareness Month. What better way to support it than with some info on brain diseases in pets?

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June is Alzheimer’s + Brain Awareness Month!

Humans aren’t the only ones who suffer from brain diseases. Our favorite other family members can as well. Yep, our pets can suffer from brain diseases. Caring for a pet with a brain disorder can be challenging. It is possible though. You have extend compassion. You have to have patience. Some pets may need surgery. Others may need lifelongmedications. While others may benefit from different types of therapies. Then some just need a comfy place to lay their heads.

Here are different brain diseases pets can suffer from. Do you suspect your pet is suffering from a brain disease? Contacta veterinarian as soon as possible. There may be an underlying cause. This needs to be examined.

Brain Diseases In Pets

Cerebellar Degeneration (Dogs): Cerebellar Degeneration is a brain disease that impacts dogs. It affects the cerebellum of the brain. Dog’s who suffer with Cerebellar Degeneration may have a head tilt. They may also sway and/or have muscle tremors. It is believed that this disease is caused by the canine herpesvirus. It is also believed that it may be genetic for certain breeds.

Breeds that may have a genetic disposition for Cerebellar Degeneration include:

Terriers (Wire-Haired Fox, Kerry Blue, and American Staffordshire)

Chow Chow

English Bulldogs

Collies (Rough Coated + Border)

Irish Setters

Labrador Retrievers

English Pointers

Brittany Spaniels

Neoplastic Disease: Neoplastic Disease is often seen in cats. It is normally caused by a tumor. This tumor is called a meningioma. Thankfully, they are removable. Neoplastic Disease is more common in older cats.

Epilepsy: Epilepsy can target any animal. It’s just like human epilepsy. The pet could have a major seizure. While others may just stare into space. Epilepsy may be treated with supportive care and/or with medications. Sometimes surgery may be performed as well.

Epilepsy is commonly seen in dog breeds such as:

Miniature Schnauzers

Terriers (Yorkshire, Cairn, Maltese)

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