How to Reduce the Impact of Aging in Dogs

How to Reduce the Impact of Aging in Dogs

It’s difficult to admit that our pets are becoming older, whether in canine years or human years. Certain concerns, such as cognitive failure, hearing and visual issues, joint pain, allergies, and overall inflammation, may become more prevalent as your dog ages.

Preventative measures can be taken to prevent these issues, regardless of how old your dog is, rather than rushing to address a problem after it emerges with expensive prescription medications. Changing your pet’s lifestyle can not only keep them healthy in their golden years, but it can also help them live longer.

A Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet

Your dog’s capacity to metabolize foods in the same way decreases as they age. As your dog gets older, foods that may have never created an issue in the past, such as a specific type of treat, may cause an upset stomach.

As you get older, you may not be able to eat spicy meals without having heartburn, your dog may have trouble eating foods they used to enjoy in the same sense. A nutritious, light diet can  reduce your dog’s risk of diabetes, liver disease, renal failure, and neurological difficulties.

Transition your dog to a milder diet to avoid food-induced inflammation. This is beneficial for dogs of all ages, but it is especially beneficial for those with allergies, inflammation, or gastrointestinal problems.

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Change Your Dog’s Routine

Your dog’s old routine may be inflicting more wear and tear on their joints than you think as they grow older. While older dogs will still love long walks, taking frequent pauses and altering your route so that your dog walks on softer ground might help prevent future joint problems.

If your dog generally sleeps upstairs, moving their main sleeping place downstairs can help avoid stress on their aging joints by eliminating the need for them to run up and down.

Small modifications to your dog’s routine can help them feel more calm and comfortable, reducing the anxiety and tension that comes with the aging process; no longer being able to do what they were once able to do. Because your dog will be less likely to want to change their daily routine as they become older, getting them into the habit of sleeping downstairs or taking different walks when they’re younger will help them relax later.

Herbal Supplements to Reduce the Impact of Aging

Herbal supplements can help with waste removal, renal function, and overall well-being. These are frequently found in the form of tinctures (which are administered orally), in pill form, or as a powder to sprinkle in their food.

Ginseng

Siberian ginseng, which is known for boosting a dog’s immune system, can also help them cope with mental stress. Dogs’ ability to absorb nutrients may deteriorate as they age, causing them to become lethargic and less alert. Ginseng can increase appetite, aid in food absorption, and help manage cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Turmeric

This natural remedy for arthritis can help reduce inflammation and slow the progression of the condition. It has also been shown to prevent dementia, ease allergies, improve heart and liver function, and promote positive mental health as an antioxidant (among other benefits). Turmeric can be incorporated into a dog’s food or blended with other natural ingredients.

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Kelp

Kelp, in combination to turmeric and ginseng, can aid in the prevention and treatment of thyroid problems in dogs. Kelp, which is high in iron, also aids in protecting the adrenal and pituitary glands, as well as the digestive system. It’s also thought to aid in the efficient pumping of the heart. Skin and coat health may also be improved with kelp.

CBD

CBD derived from hemp plants can help pets with inflammation, joint pain, and cell communication by interacting with receptors in their bodies. CBD has also been shown to be effective in preventing tumors, shrinking malignant tumors, and managing allergies. Furthermore, CBD is a neuroprotectant that works to not only manage but also prevent and reduce the number of seizures in dogs with epilepsy.

The advantages of this natural medication seem limitless, and it may be used to not only address but also prevent problems from arising in the first place. Hemp seed oil also has the ideal ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which aids in overall well-being and promotes healthy skin and coat in your dog.

Keep in Mind

Keep in mind that each dog is unique and may react differently to various supplements. If you have any concerns, speak with your holistic veterinarian.

Published by AmberLDrake

Dr. Drake is an award-winning author and well-known cancer specialist in her field. She is best known for her extensive research on canine cancer prevention and nutrition, her dedication to help dogs live a long, happy life, and for teaching veterinary medicine. As the CEO of Canine Companions Co., the Founder of Drake Dog Cancer Foundation and Academy, and the Co-Founder of Preferable Pups, in addition to being a respected figure in the dog world, she has earned the respect of thousands of dog lovers worldwide.

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