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Caring for your senior pet
So your older furry friend is "not so perky", "slowing down" or "a little stiff"? It is probably in pain and needs your help
Getting older. It's happening to all of us every day, including our pets. And just like humans, dogs are prone to a number of medical problems as they age. With diet, supplements, and extra care, many of these conditions can be prevented, delayed, or managed, to give your pet the best possible quality of life throughout its senior years.
Here are a few of the health issues you may run into as your pet ages, and some things you can do treat him naturally:
Most older pets eventually develop arthritis. What is usually considered "slowing down," or "a little stiff," or even sleep disturbances (because they just can’t get comfortable) may be a sign of significant joint disease.
This is exactly the same as you could get as an older human. Just ask someone with arthritis. The pain never goes away, but us humans can do various things to relieve it. Dogs can't, so it is up to us to help make their senior years more enjoyable, or even bearable.
Extra weight makes arthritis that much worse, so an older dog may need a good weight loss program. A high protein semi raw diet helps protect lean muscle mass while shedding fat. Proper weight and moderate exercise are the keys to a comfortable old age for your fury friend.
Joint protectors and anti-inflammatories can help, and they include glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane); all of which can be added to wet food, such as cooked fresh veggies. Other herbs and minerals may also be helpful. Antioxidants provide good anti-inflammatory action and pain relief. It may take 3-5 weeks for improvement to be noticeable.
Half of dogs over age 10 will develop cancer, the most frightening diagnosis of all. At its most basic, cancer is the result of immune system failure - itself the result of poor diet, over-vaccination, genetics, and environmental factors. Keeping the immune system in peak condition is, of course, fundamental to good health overall, but given the role it may play in so many degenerative diseases, including cancer, it is just good sense.
Besides exercise, fresh air, and great nutrition, there are supplements especially designed for immune support. Antioxidants and Omega-3s are vital to the immune system. There are also ancient healing remedies such as herbs and medicinal mushrooms that have been used for generations or even centuries to deal with serious health issues.
Cognitive Dysfunction (Senility)
Dogs develop cognitive (learning and memory) problems as they get older, which are increasingly recognized as a form of dementia or even Alzheimer’s. Antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids (cod liver oil is best for this condition) are valuable in keeping your pet’s brain functioning at its best.
This is the most common problem that vets see in dogs. Only 2% of dog owners bother to clean their dogs' teeth regularly and as a result 80% of our dog population has some type of dental disease by the tender age of three years - and sadly the story gets worse from there on in!
Many dogs are relatively stoic about pain, and problems such as abscessed teeth and oral tumors can easily be missed. One solution is to take your older pet in for a thorough checkup twice a year instead of just once. Better still why not give it a go to start cleaning your pet's teeth, it isn't anywhere near as difficult as you think it is and Carole's Doggie World make it dead easy at How to clean my dog's teeth
As they age, pets experience a decreased ability to digest and metabolise protein and fat. Older pets need more and better quality protein. Cooked fresh veggies and semi raw meat are ideal for older dogs. They are closer to what Mother Nature intended and are easier to digest, and of course are much more healthy than canned or dried foods.
Adding digestive enzymes and probiotics will help your pet get the most nutrition from food, and there are specific digestive support remedies available for more severe issues. These can be purchased online from pet suppliers which specialise in natural and organic supplements for dogs.
Kidney Disease (Chronic Renal Failure, CRF, or Chronic Kidney Disease, CKD)
The kidneys have a lot of responsibility, and they work hard 24/7. Over time, cells die and are replaced by scar tissue. Only when 75% of kidney function is irreversibly lost will signs of kidney disease occur. CRF is very common in older dogs.
One thing you’ll hear from friends and even from vets is that protein is bad for the kidneys. But dietary protein has nothing whatsoever to do with the development of kidney disease in dogs. In fact, in older pets without pre-existing kidney disease, high protein as in raw or semi raw meat, and fresh cooked veggies are highly recommended..
Antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil or cod liver oil) are proven to be highly beneficial for pets with kidney disease. There is new evidence that probiotics can also be helpful. There are also specific kidney support products available from specialty organic supplement stores online.
This article and information forms part of the Carole's Doggie World Library and is presented for informational purposes only and not intended as an endorsement of any product. The information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local veterinarian. Instead, the content offers the reader information researched and written by Carole Curtis for www.carolesdoggieworld.com
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