Our Sweet Heart Seniors Series continues today with a discussion on Supplements to Help with Aging. There are many common foods and herbs that our dogs will happily eat that can help ease some of the burden of aging. As our dog’s age, they may suffer from an assortment of ailments. We’ve highlighted several of those in this blog post and offered a natural supplement that can help bring comfort to our grey faced Fidos.
Gum Disease: Many older dogs begin to suffer with dental and gum issues over time. Shameless plug – feeding a raw diet from birth helps keep plaque to a minimum as the enzymes in the raw proteins break it down. Ok, I’m done. If you’ve fed your dog kibble for an extended period of time, you may notice a brown coating on her teeth. If you start early, you can create a brushing routine with your dog that will help keep this plaque buildup to a minimum. Some dogs are born with a bad set of choppers and may in fact lose many of them over time. If your dog is suffering from gum disease or discomfort, add some sage to her diet. (We offered a recipe in the blog post on Day 1). Sage is a great anti-inflammatory that helps reduce gum swelling.
Dementia – Many of us start to see our dog’s mind not be as sharp as it once was – heck, neither is mine! Oregano is a great herb that helps keep the mind sharp regulating mood and enhancing mental well-being.
Failing Eyesight – Keeping our pup’s eyesight keen is so important. Adding some dark leafy greens like kale and spinach to your dog’s diet will help add powerful antioxidants in your dog’s body to help fight cell decay in the eyes. Add them to the meatball recipe for some variety.
Hearing Loss – Keeping your dog’s potassium level up will keep those ears tuned in to your every move. Potassium helps keep a healthy balance of fluid in your dog’s ears which translates into sound waves being translated in her brain. Add a banana, lima beans, or spinach to keep that potassium working!
Diabetes – Many dogs suffer from Diabetes during all stages of life. Adding an apple to your dog’s diet every couple of days can help boost fiber, introduce needed antioxidants, and keep sugar levels naturally low. Dehydrate apple slices for treats too!
Arthritis - Many older dogs start moving slower and getting up even more slowly. Try adding some yogurt to your dog’s diet. It’s a great source of Vitamin D which will help keep bones strong. It also helps with digestion and is a natural decreases inflammation.
Regular visits to your vet are a must with your senior dog.
We hope you have enjoyed Part 3 of our Sweet Heart Seniors series and would love your feedback. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s entry: Part 4 –Overall care of body and surroundings. If you’d like us to make meals for your dog of any age, please start here. Thanks!