Support and maintain the health and wellbeing of older dogs the natural way. Learn how to use herbs and natural supplements such as antioxidants and natural pain relief remedies to help our aging dogs live longer and healthier.
As our dogs age, they need extra nutrients and vitamins to help them stay healthy and active. Older dogs tend to have compromised immune systems, and are more prone to infections and other health issues.
To maintain and support older dog health, a natural, health diet of course is essential. However, on top of that, we can also use natural supplements and herbs to give our aging dogs an extra "boost" - to enhance their immune systems, to help them digest and absorb foods properly, and to support their various major organs.
This page focuses on information about using various herbs and supplements to support and maintain older dog health.
More and more people are relying on herbs to support their aging bodies and minds, and many such herbs can be used as part of an older dog health regime as well.
Here are some excellent herbs that will support different organ systems and are perfect to be fed to our dogs as tonics.
Choose a few of these herbs that can most assist your aging dog. You can also rotate the herbs - use one or two herbs in a month, and then switch to the next two herbs the following month.
Some herbs are natural antioxidants that can counter the overproduction of free radicals - one of the culprits that speed the aging process in animals. Feed these antioxidants as a dietary supplement as part of an older dog health regime:
Here are some natural herbal products that are beneficial to older dogs:Only Natural Pet Senior Herbal Formula
This herbal formula contains good tonic herbs such as hawthorn, oatstraw, parsley, red clover, and gotu kola. It is designed to help to restore health and increase vitality in senior dogs.Old Friend for Senior Dogs
This herbal formula contains herbs such as alfalfa, astragalus, alfalfa, American ginseng, dandelion and more, and is effective in supporting an old dog's immune system, improving liver function, and promoting mental sharpness and cognitive function.Only Natural Pet Immune Strengthener for Dogs and Cats
This is another great herbal supplement that contains immune-boosting herbs such as astragalus, green tea, mushrooms, and cat's claw, plus vitamins A, C, and E. This formula can provide immune system support to help your aging dog fight chronic disease or diminished organ functioning.Integrative Therapeutics Super Milk Thistle
If your aging dog has liver problems, this formula of milk thistle can be of help. As a powerful antioxidant, milk thistle not only strengthens liver cell resistance to toxins, but also stimulates cellular reproduction.
**Note however that this formula is for therapeutic use - milk thistle is not appropriate on a daily basis for healthy animals without need of liver support.
Just like us, your aging dog will have more and more aches and pains in his body. This, over time, may lead to loss of mobility. To ensure that your aging dog can still chase after a ball, albeit slower, herbal and other supplements can be used. Please visit this page for a list of herbs, supplements, and homeopathic remedies that can relief pain in dogs. For arthritis pain, please click here for information on relieving arthritis pain the natural way.
You may have heard about resveratrol and its anti-aging effects on people. How about giving resveratrol to our aging dogs? Will it be effective? Click here to find out!