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​​​​​​​​​How to Keep Your Older Dog Healthy and Happy Naturally:

By Avoiding Medication Side-effects.

By Jesse Scott


Your best friend is getting older. His cute little muzzle is turning grey, and he is a little slow to get up from his comfy bed for your morning run together. Your buddy tires out quicker every day, but you don’t love him any less. 

Dogs bring endless joy, comfort and love into every single moment we spend together. When your best friend shows signs of aging, it is an unwelcome reminder of just how short your time together is.

Our four-legged friends age far too fast. Before we know it, our adorable puppy is a senior and needs more of our help. We want to give them the best life possible, but your bow-wow buddy can’t tell you what he needs to feel better.

You understand when your doggie is hungry, needs to go out, or wants another treat. But what about when his hip hurts, or is having trouble going to the bathroom? 

Our pets can’t always communicate everything to us, and it is difficult to accept they may be in pain. Dogs give us so much every day, it is only right we do everything we can for them in their senior years when they need us the most.

They prescribe lots of popular medicines for aging pets ailments. Unfortunately, a frightening percentage of them produce far more side effects than relief.

Canine side-effects from the most popularly prescribed medications are very serious and a report by Dr. Ross Hauser lists some of the worst. Side-effects can range from upset stomach and vomiting to long-term liver damage and seizures!

How can you help your doggie today to assure they live a longer and healthier life? What can you do to reduce your senior dog’s pain or the side effects from prescriptions?

The same advice for humans can also help your doggie. A healthy, well-balanced diet, full of the right vitamins and minerals.

The earlier you feed your furry friend a diet rich in antioxidants, the healthier and happier pet they will be. Then they can hopefully avoid prescription medicines that may do more harm than good. 

A healthier dog in their senior years means more walks and ball throwing for the both of you!

Pet prescriptions are sometimes unavoidable, but here are some amazing, natural dietary changes that will help your pet with no harmful side effects. Adding these foods and supplements to your senior dog’s meal plan may get their tail wagging longer.  

To help with sore joints, inflammation, and even arthritis:

Green-Lipped Mussels: Packed with Glucosamine and Chondroitin and rich in antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. All the essentials for joint health and reducing inflammation for your pooch.

Turmeric/Curcumin: Curcumin is the most active ingredient in Turmeric and is a natural anti-inflammatory, major brain power booster loaded with essential antioxidants. Take these together with healthy fat foods to boost the effectiveness for your friend.

 Here is an amazing article from ScienceDirect listing the many benefits of Turmeric.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin (nonsynthetic): Helps with joints, cartilage, and a bodies normal repair functions. Natural sources are raw beef bones, shellfish, or chicken collagen. This supplement is available in natural and synthetic forms, so read the label and try to avoid synthetic versions.

Vitamin C: The American Kennel Club lists Vitamin C as one of the most important Vitamins for Dogs. Just like in humans, Vitamin C naturally helps dogs with Arthritis relief, cellular repair and healing, and is an incredible immunity booster. Add some Acerola Cherries, Strawberries, Parsley or Kale to your pups food to boost their essential Vitamin C fast.

Healthy Gut and Digestion:

Probiotics: Help maintain doggie digestive tracts and maintain beneficial bacteria levels. Greek Yogurt or cottage cheese are amazing natural sources and what dog doesn’t love both! A small dollop in their food can also help with skin issues.

Bathroom Time:

Spirulina, Wheat Grass, Parsley and Kale: All help your dog with healthy elimination of wastes. Improve kidney function and urinary tract cleansing. As a bonus, these super-greens supply incredible doses of micronutrients and antioxidants to your pet.

Eyesight:

Dandelion root, Peas, Pumpkin, Kale, and Egg Yolks: All contain tremendous amounts of Leutine and Zeaxanthin, both vital to your dog’s eyes. 

If your pal is having trouble finding the ball, or suddenly bumping into things, he may have eyesight issues. Leutine and Zeaxanthin are major building blocks of accurate eyesight and cellular repair for your senior dog.

As with your own diet, everything in moderation. Monitor and adjust your dog’s diet accordingly if any adverse effects occur. 

Speaking to a homeopathic or natural veterinarian before starting any natural supplement regime may be beneficial for you and your dog.

To keep your pooch pal with you for years to come, use quality, chemical free dog food from the United States. Add fresh fruits, vegetables and natural supplements into your dog’s diet to watch it do wonders for their happiness and longevity. 

A balanced, healthy diet for your senior dog can avoid unnecessary medicinal side effects and keep them by your side, and healthier for a very long time.