As dogs age, their body becomes less able to deal with basic functions. Their organs and systems can become sluggish and inefficient overall. Helping senior dogs age gracefully, while also treating and preventing conditions often associated with old age, will extend their lifespan and increase their quality of life.
The most helpful supplements for senior dogs will support the immune system, digestive system, liver and kidney function, bones and joints, and the circulatory system. They are added in therapeutic doses unless there is a condition present that requires treatment, like arthritis. Our top choices include those that are most beneficial to more than one age-related concern.
It’s important to note that a veterinarian should be involved in your decision to add natural supplements and how they’re administered. This consideration is especially important in aging dogs, when so many other conditions and/or medications could be impacted by their use. It’s also very important that you find a trusted source of fresh herbs for full effectiveness. We rely on Starwest Botanicals for most of our bulk herbs and essential oils.
Experts agree that the following 12 natural supplements will support your senior dog as he ages:
You’ll also find convenient mixed natural supplements on the market that are formulated specifically for aging dogs, like the popular Old Friend for Senior Dogs.
What supplements have you tried for your senior dog? Please share your suggestions or questions in the comments below.
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