As our dogs get older, we must be aware of their changing needs and abilities, and observe the signs of aging. Dogs want to run with you, play with you, and please you, so they will easily push themselves beyond their capabilities and potentially cause long-term injury. Take your senior dog for leisurely walks versus strenuous hikes, jogs, or jumping activities. Stay alert for signs of fatigue or pain. Know their limits.
Supplements for Seniors
One way we can slow down, reduce or relieve the effects of aging and compensate for our senior dog's geriatric issues is by adding beneficial herbs and other natural remedies to their existing diet.
Joint supplements are often recommended from the onset of adulthood for large breeds in order to protect and cushion their hips and joints, keeping them healthier, longer. For senior dogs, joint supplements are a must -- for ALL breeds. Glucosamine is the main ingredient recommended for joint health in both dogs and humans. Specifically, glucosamine sulfate. Other forms of glucosamine are found in many products, however, glucosamine sulfate is the only form shown to be effective in treating joint pain. When taken together, glucosamine, MSM and chondroitin provide symbiotic ingredients that help protect and cushion joints.
Natural Pain Relief
Inflammation is another major concern with senior dogs. Inflammation is thought to be at the root of joint discomfort as well as a contributing factor to cancer growth and disease. Omega 3 fatty acids found in natural remedies such as flaxseed and pumpkin seed are credited with fighting inflammation. Also, turmeric is used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in the ancient system of natural healing known as Ayurvedic medicine.
Quality of Life
Incorporating these healing herbs into your elderly dog's diet is an easy way to significantly help ease joint discomfort for your beloved -- keeping him happy, active, and mobile!
This article is intended solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE VETERINARY ADVICE. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of veterinary medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your veterinarian. Before undertaking any course of treatment for your pet, you should seek the advice of your veterinarian.