Aging is a natural process and one that we will all spend one day. Our furry animals also age and can be considered elderly from 7 years old, depending on the size of the animal.
Like us, the elderly dog suffers the impacts of the coming of age and it is likely that you have already noticed some of these signs. They walk more slowly, they don’t get up so easily on the sofa, they don’t see or hear so well, they can get more sleepy and lazy.
But this stage of the pet’s life is also wonderful. Unlike puppies, they already know how to do the needs in the right place, they like affection better (they are more needy), they already have habits and are used to the routine of home. Therefore, they deserve a lot of affection, attention and care with health and well-being.
Here are some tips for you to know how to offer the best for your elderly dog. Read on!
One of the most important precautions must be with the elderly dog health. For this, you will need to take him more often in the year for veterinary follow-up. If he has any chronic illness, the veterinarian will be able to advise you on the best form of control and treatment, as well as indicating how many times you will have to return with the furry for check-up. Ideally, they should go through vet consultations at least every 6 months. This will help to detect and prevent possible age-related illnesses.
The nutritional needs of the mature pet are different from puppies or adults. The change in the pet’s diet should begin with the transition from adulthood to senior. This means that the older dog needs special food. This change aims to help delay the onset of signs of aging and ensure good nutrition in this new phase of life. Among the options available on the market are senior diets and natural food (AN). Whatever the option, consult a veterinarian to make the move in the best possible way for the dog.
The elderly dog can practice physical activities and be taken for daily walks. However, the ride time will depend on the energy it has. The tip is to respect the limits of the furry. If he is tired, nothing to force the walk.
With the guidance of a professional, you will be able to offer more quality of life to the pet by understanding what activities he is able to do without harming his health or well-being.
Some dogs may have behavioral changes due to senility. One is the change in temperament. A dog that has always been docile can become more impatient when older, just like us! The natural aging process causes the progressive loss of sensory functions, due to the “death” of neurons, with changes in the brain similar to those that Alzheimer’s causes in humans. It is a disease known as Cognitive Dysfunction.
In this case, the dog may present: disorientation (being lost in places he was already familiar with), sleep disturbance (staying awake all night and sleeping all day), memory loss (forgetting commands already learned and performed all his life) ), lack of attention, anxiety, irritability and excessive vocalization (crying or howling). It is necessary to reinforce the importance of constant monitoring with the veterinarian, in order to have a correct orientation.
The quality of life at this stage of the pet’s life will depend a lot on the preventive care offered. In addition to those mentioned above, it is very important to offer a natural supplement that improves health and well-being, in addition to reducing the appearance of diseases. Some foods go beyond their basic nutritional functions, contributing to the health of pets.
Botica Pets brought together 6 of these superfoods in a single natural formula, free of preservatives, which is indicated by veterinarians and certified by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA). The nutrients present in the compound benefit muscle cells and act as antioxidants. Continuous use provides better performance and muscle conditioning.
Beet: invigorates weakened animals as it is rich in sugars that are easily metabolized by the animal and readily used as energy, helping to combat fatigue and reduce muscle stress. It also promotes muscle and tendon strengthening due to the high concentration of potassium and manganese. Vitamins C and E are also excellent antioxidants and, therefore, have anti-aging activity. Beet helps to combat the effects of free radicals (which are responsible for cell aging). It contributes to the maintenance of healthier skin.
Garlic: assists in the elimination of toxins, has a germicidal action and stimulates the immune system. It also improves blood circulation and helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Artichoke Extract: facilitates digestion, stimulates the liver and increases the release of bile, promoting the elimination of toxins and regulation of the intestine. It has an important digestive action, facilitating the digestion of fats in the intestine and regulating intestinal functions. Lupeol, present in artichokes, has a toxic action against tumor cells. In addition, it has antioxidant activity and promotes the release of an immune response.
Seaweed extract (chlorella): rich in chlorophyll, improves pet’s immunity, promotes detoxification of the organism and stimulates tissue growth and recovery. Due to this property, it can be used in cases of anemia (because its derivatives stimulate the formation of red blood cells).
Extract of citrus fruits (acerola): largest source of vitamin C and antioxidants, which help to strengthen the immune system.
Brewer’s yeast: can help improve your pet’s digestion, as it stimulates the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria for the digestive system, facilitating the breakdown and absorption of food. Helps the immune system of animals through amino acids that act to have an effect against bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
But beware! These ingredients must be offered in the right amount for the pet. Therefore, the use of the formula is safer and more practical!
See below the testimony of the veterinarian Ana Carolina Terlizzi (CRMV: 22687-SP) on the use of the Vigor Formula for the Tchico dog, a 6-year-old Yorkshire, who was being treated for a lymphoma (tumor that affects the lymphatic system) and was benefited by the use of the product.
“Tchico was diagnosed with lymphoma in November 2018. After starting chemotherapy, he had been very apathetic, he just lay there, he didn’t care about the toy basket anymore. He loved playing with stuffed animals that had horns, running around the house honking the animals, teasing the cats, running on the grass.
However, from November to here, I didn’t do any of that. I talked to Dr. Ana Cristina Osiro, from Botica Pets, about adding Vigor to Thico’s integrative treatment, as he already used the Equilibrium formula. Then, we migrated to the Vigor formula, since its treatment is divided between chemotherapy and integrative medicine (natural food, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, viscum album, ozone therapy).
I started adding the Vigor functional supplement to his meals and everything changed. After 10 days of use, the patient started to ask to run on the grass, went back to pick up his toys in the basket and bring them to us and to the visitors. You are much happier! In addition to the mood, we noticed an increase in appetite as well. ”
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