It's never too late to get your pet started on a path to a healthier life. Proper nutrition becomes even more vital as our pets age.
You may begin to see signs of decline in your pet as early as 5 years and possibly sooner for giant breed dogs. Is your senior pet experiencing any of the following?
- Weight loss or gain
- Loss of muscle mass
- Stiffness, pain and difficulty getting around
- Dull, flaky coat
- Dental issues such as bad breath and plaque buildup
- Kidney/Liver issues
- Cancer and other age associated disorders
While aging in a normal process, a lot of health issues plaguing older pets are preventable. Malnutrition doesn't always mean starvation. It means depriving the body of proper nutrients for optimal health. Unfortunately most commercial pet foods, even natural ones are deficient in vital nutrients that are destroyed during the extrusion process. Components such as antioxidants, enzymes, probiotics, prebiotics, phytonutrients, and more that are essential for health and longevity. Over time, carbohydrate heavy, moisture deprived food takes a toll on the body and that's when we begin to see chronic issues pop up in our pets such as diabetes and cancer.
Contrary to popular belief, senior pets hugely benefit from higher protein diet made up of high quality animal protein and moisture. Dietary protein helps to support kidney and joint function and prevent muscle wasting. Just like in humans, reducing carbohydrates and increasing moisture can help improve or even eliminate diabetes in pets. We've had few customers who reversed their pets diabetes by switching to fresh raw diet!
Dry flaky skin usually indicates lack of omega 3's as well as amino acids commonly found in fish and meats. Since most senior diets are low protein, they are often deficient in fatty acids required for healthy skin.
Senior pets often experience dental issues. While we recommend regular checkups and taking care of your pets teeth at home, did you know that diet also plays a role in preventative dental issues?
Diets high in carbohydrates convert to sugar and cause plaque and dental decay. Kibble simply does not clean teeth, despite what we often hear. It's like saying us eating croutons or cheerios will clean ours. It simply doesn't work. Feeding fresh diet is the best way to prevent dental issues since they do not contain carbohydrates or starches that cause inflammation of the gums. We also recommend frozen bones and natural digestible chews such as bully sticks and tracheas to help scrape tartar off the teeth.
Interested learning more about proper nutrition for your senior pet? Stop by today, we would love to help you out!