Register For A Free Webinar – “Behaviour and welfare of aging dogs”

Presented by Xavier Manteca Vilanova

Kindly sponsored by Purina


More about this webinar

Behaviour and welfare of aging dogs: from normal aging to cognitive dysfunction syndrome

With increasing age, some dogs develop a neurodegenerative condition known as canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS). Clinically, CDS may cause disorientation, altered interactions with people and other animals, alterations in the sleep-wake cycle, changes in activity levels, house-soiling and anxiety. These signs must be distinguished from behavioural changes associate to normal aging and from other medical conditions.

CDS may severely impair the human-animal bond and the welfare of the dog. Management of CDS includes dietary and pharmacological interventions, as well as changes in the dog’s environment.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the clinical signs of CDS.
  2. Understand the main molecular and cellular changes underlying CDS.
  3. Learn how CDS can be diagnosed.
  4. Understand how CDS may impair the welfare of the dog.
  5. Learn the principles of CDS prevention and treatment.

Meet The Speaker

Xavier Manteca Vilanova


Xavier received his BVSc and PhD degrees from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh. He is Professor of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at the School of Veterinary Science in Barcelona. He has published extensively and is a diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine.