On a recent stroll through the neighborhood with my dog I was
met by a neighbor who adopted a spaniel from the local dog
pound about 15 years ago.
Now a senior, her dog is still quite active and loves to go
out for walks, play, and to get in a little mischief whenever
he can :)
She asked me what she might do to help her dog enjoy his
senior years in maximum vitality and health.
I recalled this short article I received some time ago by Dr.
Jones, DVM, which has some good suggestions to help your dog
feel his best during his golden years.
I sent it to her and thought you might enjoy reading it as well.
No matter what age your dog or puppy is today, he will be a golden
oldie at some point ( as we all will be ).. and should have the
opportunity to enjoy every minute of those years with you.
Here's the article, in part..
Senior Pet Health Remedies
Senior pet's get a number of very common health problems- but it's
often the behavioral changes that are the biggest concern.
Your pet sleeps much more and plays less. He has a graying muzzle,
poorer hearing and poorer vision. You may see cataracts. He may
show abnormal signs, such as pacing, excessive panting, and barking
at the wall.
Your dog is considered a senior when past the age of seven.....
Older pets have natural organ changes: eyes often develop cataracts;
the bones of the middle ear often fuse, resulting in lowered hearing;
joints lose their soft cartilage covering, resulting in arthritis;
and the brain can age, resulting in signs of senility.
MELATONIN. Frequently used for older pets that have trouble getting
to sleep and pace at night. For dogs, give 50 ug per lb of body
weight given 1 hr before bedtime and on an empty stomach. Try it
for 2 weeks to assess if it is working.
PHOSPHATIDYLSERINE. A supplement used in people with cognitive
dysfunction. Give 50 mg daily per 10 lbs of body weight.
ACETYL-L-CARNITINE. This is used in people with Alzheimer's. The
dog dose is 10 mg per lb of body weight twice daily.
ANTIOXIDANTS. Of them all, Vitamin E appears to be most important
in maintaining healthy brain function and delaying further loss of
brain tissue; give 100 IU of Vitamin E per 10 lbs of body weight.
An antioxidant combination (Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Selenium) may
be most effective.
SENIOR'S DIET. Place your pet on a..... senior's diet. It
will be easier to digest, lower in protein so easier on the
kidneys, lower fat to keep weight down, and probably contain added
glucosamine to help arthritis.......
GLUCOSAMINE. The most important supplement for arthritis,
Glucosamine HCL (as opposed to Glucosamine Sulphate) is the best:
dogs should get 1/4 of a 500 mg tablet per 10 lbs of body weight
daily, cats need 1/4 of a 500 mg tablet daily.
excerpts of an artcile by Dr Andrew Jones DVM
Elliot Harvey, author of The Healthy Wholistic Dog, has advised
to also incorporate Ginko Biloba for cognitive brain support in
senior dogs. Many folks over 40 use it themselves for the same
Whether your dog is 2 or 16, doing every thing possible to help
him stay healthy naturally, enjoying life to the max is both your
obligation and one of the great joys of life.
Hopefully today's information helps you and Fido reap all the joy
possible, today and in the years ahead.
P.S. For more information on how to keep your dog happy and
healthy, Download Dr Andrew Jones' f**ree 70 page book covering dog
health secrets at http://tinyurl.com/6z3ctbp
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