Caring for our Aging Pets

Caring for our Aging Pets

By Kimberly Correnti
Contributor

From greying faces to a slower paced walk, it’s easy to see the outward signs of our pet’s aging. But what’s far more important is to understand that the internal body is also changing. There are many steps we can do to help their body live a longer and healthier life.

Hydration is key to every cell, tissue and organ being able to function at its best and work properly. Water regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, transport nutrients and gives energy to the body and is a key role in keeping your pet’s weight ideal. A great starting point in a good diet for any pet is to assure the food you are feeding supplies enough moisture. I’ve always believed that feeding dry kibble exclusively to an animal is not very good as it has a very low moisture base. Adding canned food, freeze dried (and include water) or raw to any kibble boosts hydration through food without necessary trips to the water bowl.

Quality of ingredients in your pet’s food is just as important as adding water. Food is powerful! What we eat everyday can either help or harm us. All pet food can be ranked in the quality of its sourcing and care. What are the standards these pet food manufacturers hold when sourcing or processing the food? Does the food contain unnecessary additives that can do more harm than good? Make sure to “read the ingredients, not focus on the marketing words”.

In addition to having a high quality food source and adding water to the diet, I highly recommend specific function based supplements. These particular supplements help support the body and supply key nutrients in a concentrated form. A small scoop of Wholistic Pet’s or Animal
Essential’s Enzymes and Probiotics helps support gut/digestive health. Animal Apothecary’s Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root assists the Liver/Kidneys and promote proper functioning. A good joint supplement to add should include at least the three key ingredients of Glucosamine,
Chondroiton and MSM. I also add “Hawthorne” for heart muscle support, “Tumeric”, “Olive Leaf” or “Mushrooms” for immune system strength.

Remember age is not a disease. Our pets may develop age related problems but with a good diet, proper hydration and function based supplements we can help ease these issues. Our pets, like us can enjoy living a long active senior life.

Kimberly Correnti is the owner of DogGone Natural

(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors. This article is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice by a Veterinarian. The reader should consult a Veterinarian in matters relating to his/her pet’s health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.)