How Supplements for Old Dogs Can Help Keep Them Happier and Healthier
However well we look after our canine companions, old age will begin to creep up on even the liveliest and healthiest of them. But just because old age is inevitable, that doesn’t mean we can’t help them cope with its effects.
Of course, if your dog’s behaviour or habits change, or they develop concerning symptoms, you should always take them straight to the vet to check for underlying issues—never presume it’s ‘just old age’.
However, if your vet confirms these changes are just the result of aging, you will want to take action to help your senior dog maintain a good quality of life.
Common Health Issues in Senior Dogs
The problems that can often occur in older dogs aren’t that different from those that we experience as humans when we age. Organs and joints will function less well and reliably than they did when your dog was in their prime.
Stiff joints and arthritis are very common. You may notice your dog finds it harder to get out of their bed in the morning or has difficulty leaping up into the car.
Hearing and sight can begin to degenerate, too, as can kidney function and bladder control. Your senior dog’s digestion might alter, so you should ask your vet about changing your dog to a food formulated for seniors. Digestive issues and deteriorating oral health can contribute to bad breath as your dog ages.
They may also begin to show signs of behaviour and memory problems, becoming snappy or anxious, and develop skin issues such as sensitivity or dryness.
Treatment options for some conditions are limited, and prescribed medication from your vet will be required to tackle more serious conditions. But specifically formulated supplements for old dogs, or for the conditions they commonly suffer from, can help to alleviate some of their discomforts and health issues.
Helpful Supplements for Old Dogs
Always consult your vet before starting your dog on supplements. Some may interact with prescription medicines or be unsuitable for dogs with specific conditions.
Supplements to Ease Anxiety
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is a great all-round, multifunction supplement for old dogs, packed full of natural antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and Omega oils. It’s not just helpful in supporting mental health, but also supports the immune system, gut function, appetite, and skin and joint health.
Stiffness and arthritis supplements for dogs
Joint supplements can help your dog remain more active as they age and reduce stiffness and pain, so they’re one of the most popular and important supplements for old dogs.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation around the joint is the chief cause of joint pain and contributes to stiffness, too.
Green Lipped Mussel
Green Lipped Mussel is an excellent source of chondroitin, which may help strengthen the protective capsule around your dog’s joint, and Omega 3 fatty acids, which can reduce inflammation. It’s also a good source of glycoproteins, which perform many important roles in the body, and selenium, vitamin B12, zinc and folic acid.
Hip and Joint Supplement
Our Hip and Joint Supplement contains Turmeric and Green Lipped Mussel, both mentioned above, but it also contains MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) and glucosamine, both thought to have anti-inflammatory effects, hyaluronic acid (which may help to lubricate stiff joints), plus vitamin C and extra chondroitin, making it a really powerful formulation.
Digestion Supplements for Old Dogs
Probiotic supplements are not just an ideal supplement for old dogs, but for any dog with a sensitive digestion, helping to prevent gas, bloating, diarrhoea, and discomfort.
Containing added prebiotics, vitamins, minerals and enzymes, Primary Pet Probiotics help your dog to break down fats and proteins and maintain a healthy bacterial balance in their intestine, which is not just essential for good digestion and absorption of nutrients, but also for a healthy immune system. Our easy to administer powder capsules mean you can give this supplement in the best way for your dog—as a whole capsule, or as powder sprinkled over their food, which can be useful if they have appetite issues.
Supplements for Sensitive Skin
Omega Fish Oils
Omega fish oils are useful supplements for old dogs, especially if they contain Omega 3, 6 and 9. While Omega oils aren’t quite the cure-all some companies would have you believe, they’re proved to help reduce skin inflammation, itchiness and dryness, as well as supporting joint health.
As your dog ages, both their appetite and their ability to absorb the nutrients they need for good mental and physical health can decrease. So consider giving them a Multivitamin Supplement to prevent any nutritional deficiencies, helping them stay happier and healthier in their later years.