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Care for Our Aging Pets

AgingPetsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

You may have heard people say that the biggest problem they have with pet ownership is that pets have shorter life spans than their humans. While it is true that pets age faster than their owners, the common belief that pets age seven years for each human year is not truly accurate. How a dog or cat ages, and their longevity, varies considerably between breeds. Generally, dogs and kitties reach “senior” status at approximately seven years of age, when they are considered to be between 44 and 56 years of age depending upon their size and breed. Cats tend to live longer than dogs, and larger dog breeds tend to have shorter lifespans than smaller dogs. Cats and dogs of all sizes have been known to age well into their 20’s. The oldest recorded age for a cat is 34 years and for a dog, 29 years.

Senior pets often require extra care, and unfortunately, too many spend their final years in shelters when owners struggle to afford increased veterinary care, become too old or ill to care for them, or sadly, simply grow tired of them. Fortunately, most pet owners consider pets family members, and are willing to invest the time, energy and resources necessary for preventive and wellness care, as well as the management of chronic health issues. Many guardians benefit from older pet ownership; enjoying their pets’ loyal companionship, calmer demeanor, and reduced exercise requirement compared with younger more energetic pets.  Attentive owners who provide lots of love, healthy food, proper exercise, high quality supplements, veterinary care, and medications when required, can help their pets live happily and comfortably, well into their senior years.

Like their human companions, older pets are creatures of habit with predictable routines. Awareness is necessary to recognize any signs of illness or changes in behavior. It’s easy to dismiss some signs of health problems, including muscle weakness, incontinence, or the loss of agility as normal signs of aging. Early detection is key to pet safety and comfort, as timely interventions may be available to cure, treat or slow the progression of potentially serious age-related health conditions, such as organ disease, diabetes and senility. As your pet ages, more visits to the veterinarian may be necessary to seek dietary advice or address possible health issues.

Common signs of aging may include graying hair, vision or hearing loss, reduced energy, joint stiffness, and behavioral changes. There are many natural solutions such as massage, water exercises, supplements, or acupuncture that can help your pets stay comfortable and mobile throughout their lives.

Tips to keep your senior pet active and happy:

Weight control. We tend to reward our pets with treats and food, which may lead to obesity as activity declines. Help your pet to stay trim and fit with the proper food for their age, as well as portion control and appropriate exercise. As well, sudden weight loss may also signal a health concern such as diabetes, cancer or kidney failure. In this case, a veterinary exam is advised.

Cognition. The loss of cognitive function may manifest in different ways, including inappropriate barking or meowing, getting lost in familiar territory, incontinence, less interaction with family members, or signs of fear and anxiety. Maintaining proper levels of exercise at all stages of life helps to support cognitive function. Mental stimulation through exercise, such as mixing up the route on daily walks, helps to maintain proper brain function. Studies show the best mental stimulation for an aging dog is playtime with a younger dog or puppy! Dietary interventions, including the use of supplements like antioxidants, and omega-3 essential fatty acids may also support healthy cognition.

Exercise. Lack of exercise results in loss of muscle tone and balance, while specific exercises help maintain strength and agility. Range of motion exercises similar to physical therapy can help to alleviate joint stiffness and make movement more comfortable. Short, frequent walks support cardiovascular health and weight maintenance. Massage can help to relieve stress, and soothe sore muscles and joints. Plus, your pet will enjoy the one-on-one attention from you.

Vision changes. Aid your pet by turning on lights in the evening and keeping their normal path free of household items, shoes, or furniture that could trip them up. A ramp or movable stairs that help them up onto the bed or into the car is also very helpful for you and your pet.

Dental care. If your pet has bad breath, it can be sign of tooth decay, gum disease, loose teeth, or an infection. Cardiac health is directly related to oral health, so watch for signs of pain or discomfort, such as changes in eating patterns, redness, bleeding, facial swelling or face rubbing on surfaces. Routine dental care and a healthy dose of probiotics can help to prevent dental problems.

Nutrition. Like humans, aging is a gradual process that is greatly affected by nutrition. As the ability to digest and absorb nutrients declines, proper senior nutrition and supplements can help to minimize the effects of aging, enhance quality of life, and maintain overall wellbeing.

  1. Glucosamine/chondroitin may help to protect cartilage and support more normal functioning in pets with osteoarthritis.
  2. Immune supporting antioxidants, including vitamins C and E as well as antioxidant-rich berries, can help to support memory and cognitive functions, especially when combined with behavioral enrichment. Oxidative damage plays a central role in the development of chronic diseases. Dietary antioxidants for aging dogs and cats may provide protection against oxidative stress and support disease prevention.
  3. EPA and DHA essential fatty acids can help to reduce inflammation in dogs with arthritis, and support cell membrane health for improved cognitive function.
  4. Higher levels of quality proteins are especially important for geriatric dogs. Optimal levels of vitamins, minerals and prebiotic fibers can provide benefits to pets of all ages.
  5. Probiotic supplements help control the critical balance of microflora in the digestive tract, relieving gas and bloating, and supporting healthy digestion, immune health and regularity.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality pet supplements in support of healthy aging and overall health:

Healthy AgingHealthy Aging Vet™ by Animal Necessity: Suitable for dogs and cats, this product provides vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and proprietary blends in support of brain, organ, digestive, vision and skin health and overall healthy aging. Age 3 – 5 years is a good starting point for all animals.

 

Daily Multi For DogsDaily Multi for Dogs by Pet Naturals® of Vermont: These yummy soft chews provide 21 healthful nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids in  support of overall wellness and immune, skin, cognitive, nerve health.

 

Ocu-GLO for Medium...Ocu-GLO™ for Medium and Large Dogs by Animal Necessity: This canine vision supplement was formulated by board certified veterinary ophthalmologists to protect vital eye cells from oxidative damage. Ocu-GLO™ provides a proprietary blend of 12 different antioxidants, plus B vitamins, CoQ10, essential fatty acids, lutein and additional vision supportive nutrients. Small dog formula also available.

 

Daily Multi Vitamin...Daily Multi Vitamin and Mineral for Cats by Dancing Paws: This unique feline vitamin and mineral complex is designed to provide optimum nutrition for everyday wellness. The formula includes vital natural nutrients as well as essential antioxidants that promote normal growth and longevity. Human quality ingredients. Potency and purity guaranteed.

 

Glyco-Flex II Bite...Glyco-Flex® II Bite-Sized Soft Chews for Dogs by Vetri-Science®: These chicken flavored canine chews are formulated to support mobility and overall joint comfort, as well as healthy joint and connective tissue functions. Recommended for adult or maturing dogs needing moderate joint support. Feline formula also available.

 

Glyco-Flex III...Glyco-Flex® III Feline Bite-Sized Chews by Vetri-Science®: This extra strength feline joint formula provides powerful support for joint comfort and connective tissue functions. Recommended for geriatric cats, and as a follow up to support normal recovery after orthopedic surgery. Canine formula also available.

 

Probiotic Everyday...Probiotic Everyday Bite-Size Chews for Cats by Vetri-Science®: One chew provides 100 million CFU of a patented, highly stable probiotic along with prebiotic FOS for digestive, immune and gastrointestinal support.

 

Probiotic Everyday...Probiotic Everyday Bite-sized Chews for Dogs by Vetri-Science®: The once daily chewable pre-and probiotic for dogs provides beneficial microorganisms for digestive, gastrointestinal and immune support.

 

References:
Watch for Signs of Health Problems in Older Dogs:  http://www.akc.org/content/dog-care/articles/health-problems-older-dogs-senior-old-age/
When You Love an Old Dog, Managing Care Can Be a Challenge. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/02/25/515610795/when-you-love-an-old-dog-managing-care-can-be-a-challenge
Senior Dogs: Caring & Tips. http://www.akc.org/content/dog-care/articles/caring-for-older-dog/
Aging Pet Care Awareness – Separating Myths From Facts. https://www.thespruce.com/aging-pet-care-awareness-3384785
Vet offers tips to keep your old pup pain free and happy. http://www.theoaklandpress.com/lifestyle/20170730/vet-offers-tips-to-keep-your-old-pup-pain-free-and-happy
No, a ‘dog year’ isn’t equivalent to 7 human years. http://www.businessinsider.com/is-a-dog-year-equal-to-7-human-years-2014-10
How to Help Your Dog or Cat Age Gracefully. http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/how-to-help-your-dog-or-cat-age-gracefully
Aging Pet Care Awareness – Separating Myths From facts.  https://www.thespruce.com/aging-pet-care-awareness-3384785
5 Common Dog Tooth Problems. http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/healthy-pets/5-common-dog-tooth-problems/
Nutrition and Supplements for the Senior Dog. http://www.akc.org/content/dog-care/articles/nutrition-and-supplements-for-senior-dogs/

 

 

A Primer on Nutrition

NutritionJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Many of us will admit, we eat because we like food. While we eat to satisfy our appetite, food has much more important roles to play. Simply put, along with water, oxygen, sleep, clothing, and shelter, food fulfills one of our most basic survival needs. Food provides the nourishing substances that are necessary for growth, development, maintenance, repair, and the proper functioning of all metabolic processes. Driven by hormones, hunger is a powerful signal that we need fuel to generate the energy that sustains life and allows our bodies to run like super-efficient machines. Dietary decisions, that we often make without much thought, negatively or positively impact our health, sending our bodies information that encourages homeostasis and long-term health, or puts us at risk for dysfunction and the onset of disease.

Although we look to food for comfort and nourishment, it’s good balanced nutrition that is central to health. If we were to think of food as health-supportive preventative medicine, we might begin to focus on healthy, energizing nutrients that support overall wellness. In addressing declining health, Functional Medicine practitioners often look for nutrient deficiencies to determine the source of underlying dysfunction, which often precedes the development of chronic disease. While disease can be triggered by multiple factors, each factor is influenced by nutritional needs. Nutrient deficiencies can also result from malabsorption issues or conditions that can interfere with nutrient utilization.

Feeding your body the nutrients it truly deserves, as well as requires for good overall function, simply comes down to making healthy, mindful choices. Essential nutrients needed for proper bodily function include carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and, of course, water. By making smart choices and choosing a variety of foods from each category, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet may be easier than you think.

Protein – Required for the structure, function and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs, proteins are found in every bodily cell. Proteins consist of chains of amino acids, broken down from dietary protein. Proteins are necessary for repair and maintenance of all body tissues, provide a major energy source, transport molecules and oxygen throughout the body, and are involved in the creation of hormones, enzymes and antibodies. The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommended that 10-35% of your daily calories should be protein from sources such as meat, poultry, seafood, beans and pulses, eggs, nuts and seeds.

Carbohydrates – As the main fuel source for the body, dietary carbs are necessary to keep the brain, nervous system and body functioning optimally and provide the energy for proper cellular function, Sufficient daily intake of carbohydrates prevents the breakdown of protein for energy, ensuring adequate protein for its more important roles. Carbs are needed for glucose regulation, fat metabolism, and intestinal health. When it comes to health, not all carbs are created equally. Be sure to choose complex carbs, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, as these contain nutrients fiber to support elimination and feed beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend that 45-65% of daily calories come from complex carbohydrates. Choose wisely.

Fats – Fats provide a backup source of concentrated energy that the body uses when glucose runs low. Dietary fats are necessary for absorption and storage of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Fat cells insulate the body and help to sustain a normal core temperature. Fats provide the essential fatty acids necessary for brain health, immune function, healthy inflammation response, proper nerve signaling, and blood clotting. Although dietary fats are only now overcoming the decades old anti-fat recommendations, the USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend that 20-35% of daily calories are sourced from healthy fats, including grass fed animal products, coconut oil, nuts and avocados.

Vitamins and Minerals – Essential to sustaining overall health, vitamins and minerals work synergistically, performing hundreds of supportive roles in the body. Some of these roles include keeping bones strong and healthy, bolstering the immune system, repairing cellular damage, and converting food into energy. Vitamin and mineral insufficiency can result in illness and disease, while sufficient quantities can provide substantial health benefits. Adhering to a healthy diet along with supplementation helps ensure you are getting the micronutrients necessary to support long-term health and longevity.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other supportive nutrients in support of overall health and wellness:

BioNutrient MultiBioNutrient Multi by Energetix® – This well designed, clean dietary supplement provides whole food nutrition with highly bioavailable vitamins and chelated minerals in support of optimal bodily function. Gluten free.

 

Minimal and...Minimal and Essential Antioxidant and Multi-Vitamin Formula This once daily multivitamin, mineral and antioxidant formula provides a full spectrum of nutrients to meet the minimum daily requirements of vitamins and some minerals. Gluten, dairy and soy free formulation.

 

Multi CapsMulti Caps by Progressive™ Labs – This high potency multiple vitamin and mineral formula provides 100% or more of the recommended daily amounts of 13 vitamins, plus minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and enzymes. Contains soy and iron.

 

PurePals with Iron ...Pure Pals with Iron by Pure Encapsulations® – Designed for children aged 2 and older, this chewable formula provides a broad-spectrum, scientifically-based blend of bioavailable vitamins, minerals and bioflavonoids in support of optimal health, immune defense and healthy cognitive function. Natural cherry flavor. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO, hypoallergenic formulation.

 

Daily Multi Vitamin...Daily Multi Vitamin and Mineral for Dogs by Dancing Paws – Lest we forget the health of our furry family members, this unique canine chewable complex is formulated to provide optimum nutrient levels with guaranteed potencies of human quality essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

 

Daily Multi Vitamin...Daily Multi Vitamin and Mineral for Cats by Dancing Paws – This unique feline vitamin, mineral and antioxidant complex is designed to promote normal growth and longevity with optimal nutrient levels in guaranteed potencies. Pull apart capsule for easy dosing; simply sprinkle on food.

References:
How Does Food Impact Health? https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/food-medicine/how-does-food-impact-health
Macronutrients in Health and Disease. http://www.nutritionmd.org/consumers/general_nutrition/macro_protein.html
Protein. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/protein/
6 Primary Functions of Proteins. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/6-primary-functions-proteins-5372.html
Do Humans Need Carbohydrates to Be Healthy? http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/humans-need-carbohydrates-healthy-6670.html
Three functions of Fat in the Body. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/three-functions-fat-body-3402.html