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Getting Older - Aging Dogs and Cats


Natura Petz Organics supplements to help address symptoms of aging in dogs and cats

Getting Older - Aging Dogs and Cats

Herbal remedies to help address symptoms of aging, hormonal changes, to help provide energy, vitality and to help support aging in dogs and cats. 

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, such as allergens, pathogens, bacterial, fungus and viruses.

Plant and marine extracts may help benefit aging and convalescing pets by supporting immunity, reducing susceptibility to infection and may nutritionally help prevent recurring and degenerative conditions.

Dogs and cats age differently, with breed, genetics, diet and environment affecting longevity. Cats tend to live longer than dogs, with an average lifespan of 16 years. A dog’s age is typically calculated in human years, in a 1 to 7 ratio. However, large breed dogs or larger sized cats may show signs aging earlier than smaller animals, beginning around age 7-10 years. 

Dogs over 90 pounds reach senior status between 6 to 9 years, while small breed dogs are considered old if they are between the age of 9 to 12 years, and medium dogs between 9 to 11 years. For pet parents, it's difficult to assess the true age of their companions.

As our beloved pets age, they usually manifest the same physical and behavioral changes just like we do and experience the same degenerative diseases and conditions such as muscle and joint pain, arthritis, heart and kidney disease, weight gain, diabetes, cancer, and skin, circulation, dental and eye problems. In all cases, these diseases and conditions can often be treated, but also, may be delayed or prevented with supplementation throughout our pet’s lifetimes.

As your pet transitions from adulthood to senior status, you may notice reduced energy, appetite loss, weight gain or weight loss, stiffness, less interaction, confusion, difficulty in walking, loss of bladder and more frequent urination. It's a good idea to keep a daily pet diary so that you can discern subtle changes in your pet, major changes in your pet, and communicate those changes to your veterinarian and other health care providers. 

One of the best systemic, life extending supports you can provide your dog or cat is to feed premium, holistic, grain free or human grade food (which excludes most commercial pet foods) as well as fresh, filtered water daily.

Regular holistic veterinarian visits are also important to assess your animal’s general health. Aging animals should receive a thorough physical examination, and geriatric testing which includes blood tests, ultrasound and EKG.  

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Natural and holistic remedies can gently and effectively deliver symptomatic relief for the multiplicity of symptoms and illnesses that may affect your animal, as well as strengthen the immune system, which becomes taxed with age.

Vitamin Ninja – (learn more) is used holistically as a super food, nutritive, adaptogen and multi-vitamin blend, containing spirulina and camu camu, which may help fight oxidative damage; may help promote a happy mood; may promote heart health by lowering lipids in the blood, may help support immunity and may help prevent disease in dogs and cats; may help stimulate collagen production due to its antioxidant proanthocyanins, flavonoid and glycosaminoglycan’s content, which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints and joint health, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessel support as well as may help to promote the strength and health of the eyes and teeth;  may help sustain and nourish the skeletal structure of your pet over its lifetime and may be important in cases of arthritis, bone loss and joint diseases, such as Intervertebral Disk Disease and Degenerative Joint Disease.

Body Bliss – (learn more) is used holistically as a plant based, full spectrum Omega 3; for its anti-inflammatory, auto-immune, antioxidant and free radical scavenging (disease preventive) actions; for its heart and brain healthy effects; as a potential heart and blood vessel disease preventive; for its essential fatty acid content which may help to prevent blood clots (thrombus) and may provide critical neuro support for brain health; to help address myocardial infraction and cerebral apoplexy; for its effects to lubricate mucous membranes found throughout the body; may help address symptoms of Crohn’s disease, disseminated sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize skin; for its nutritional value to help protect and promote bone, eye, teeth, joint, ligaments and connective tissue health while keeping your pet's coat healthy and glowing, from the inside out.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) support the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content; stimulates collagen production which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessels (important for cases of arthritis) as well as eye and teeth health (important for macular degeneration and dental disease); promotes optimal immune response; promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat; may help reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats; may work  to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support; may help fight infection in the animal body.

I AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) may nutritionally help support and nourish the endocrine system; help support adrenal and thyroid gland health and response to stress and metabolic demand, help support proper HPA (Hypothalmic Pituitary and Adrenal) gland function, help support glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, help promote hormonal balance, help regulate stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, may help promote cognitive function and memory performance, may help balance blood sugar levels, may lend support to the pancreas in cases of dysfunction; for natural energy in all life stages of pets, but especially adult, senior and convalescing dogs and cats, may help increase muscle use, ability and stamina, may help provide anti-inflammatory and immune support, and may help maintain overall healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems due to tonic, natural plant chemical functions.

 

 

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