We get older and so do our dogs. It’s sad that we usually outlive them. We’ve lost two in the past 10 years and still miss those guys. We may not be able to send our older dogs to an assisted living home but fortunately, there are some things we can do to help with dog old age.
Fight aging with Chlorella
At least one vet I read recently called chlorella an “anti-aging miracle.” If you’re not familiar with chlorella it’s a human nutritional supplement that you can get in health food stores. It’s a single-celled, freshwater algae that provides a huge amount of minerals, vitamins and amino acids and a high level of chlorophyll. People have said it’s one of nature’s most effective cleansers and detoxifier. Plus, it has a special ingredient called “chlorella growth factor,” which is rich in nucleic acids. It is believed that chlorella has a number of benefits for aging dogs. If you add it regularly to the dog’s diet, it should slow down the aging process and give the dog a youthful energy level.
The dosage for general use to give a small dog 1g of powder daily mixed into its food. Larger dogs should get up to 3g. If the dog is under treatment for something the amount of chlorella can be doubled or in some cases the dog can be given up to five times the regular dose.
Herbal/Flower Essence Pick-Me-Up
Another veterinarian says that this supplement has helped many geriatric dogs. It’s a combination of herbs and floral essences and it’s made by Tasha’s Herbs. It is said to promote appetite, health and energy. The formula includes nettles, Hawthorne, oatflowers, chamomile, dandelion root and leaf, kelp and garlic.
Lower the protein but supplement the diet
A third way to help your dog fight aging is by lowering the amount of protein in its food. Do make sure that the protein you feed the dog is of high quality. You might also supplement this with a good multi-vitamin/mineral. The reason for this is because as dogs get older, they do not absorb nutrients from their food as they once did. This means their need for nutrients may be higher.
About 50 years ago, the Canadian physician Wilfred Shute, MD, an ardent dog breeder, discovered that supplementing the dog’s diet with vitamin E would revitalize older animals. He used doses of 300 to 400 IU daily, which he felt created an optimal physiology and vitality among his dogs. Vitamin E has been a reliable way to help energize aging animals since then. There are studies showing that older dogs need more of this critical antioxidant vitamin to slow down oxidative damage to tissue associated with aging. Other research has shown that vitamin E will improve the dog’s immune system, circulation, skin problems, and endurance
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