Publication details

Risk factors for canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome in Slovakia


KATINA Stanislav FARBAKOVA Jana MADARI Aladar NOVAK Michal ZILKA Norbert

Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Field Applied statistics, operation research
Keywords Canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome; Cognitive decline; Risk factors; Prevalence; Epidemiology; Nutrition
Description Background: Increasing prevalence of cognitive impairment in an aging canine population poses a serious health problem. Identifying risk factors, which may influence the onset of cognitive decline, is becoming increasingly important. Here we investigated whether age, sex, weight, nutrition, dogs’ housing and reproductive state were associated with increased risk of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CCDS) in Slovakia. Results: Age was associated with cognitive decline and nutrition emerged as a significant predictor variable. Dogs fed controlled diets had 2.8 times lower odds of developing CCDS when compared with dogs fed uncontrolled diets. Sex, weight, reproductive state and dogs’ housing were not significantly associated with cognitive decline. Further, the prevalence of CCDS was similar in both small and medium/large sized dogs aged 8–11 years, but differed in dogs at an age of 11–13 years. Conclusion: Age was found to be the most prominent risk factors of CCDS. Nutrition may influence the co

You are running an old browser version. We recommend updating your browser to its latest version.

More info