Pompano Beach, Florida (PressExposure) June 26, 2009 -- Many pet owners often dismiss problems in their senior cats and dogs as just a part of the aging process. But any signs of loss of function should be brought to the attention of your veterinarian and not ignored. Educating us about the very important topic of Cognitive Dysfunctional Syndrome or CDS is Dr. Lisa Radosta, D.V.M.. The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television visits Dr. Radostaâs office and receives invaluable advice on helping pets get the most from their golden years and learns of a beneficial nutraceutical called Novifit, from Virbac Animal Health. The segment airs in May and June. In addition viewers can see it anytime at [http://www.thebalancingact.com/vitality].
âOld age is not a disease,â Dr. Radosta says. âCognitive Dysfunctional Syndrome (CDS) and age-related behaviors are manageable conditions.â
She urges pet owners to talk to their veterinarians as soon as they see any changes in their petsâ behavior â particularly senior pets.
CDS, often referred to as pet senility, is characterized by a deterioration of cognitive abilities including spatial orientation, activity levels, and response to stimuli.
Environmental modification and enrichment, plus a nutraceutical option such as Novifit, can yield maximum results,â says Dr. Radosta.
Novifit, she explains, âis a safe, proven, first-intention option for the management of age-related behavioral changes and CDS.â It is one of a line of products from Virbac Animal Health, which has been manufacturing pet health items for a quarter-century.
âOwners should have realistic expectations about the outcomes of such treatments,â she notes. âDogs or cats with advanced stages of CDS will be harder to manage and improvements may take more time and possibly require more aggressive strategies. That is why it is important to catch CDS early.â
âItâs said you canât teach an old dog new tricks,â said Doug Campbell, Executive Vice President of Programming, BrandStar Entertainment, the producers of The Balancing Act TV show. âBut youâve shown us that we can provide older pets with a better quality of life.â
For information, visit http://www.virbacvet.com.