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Rejuvenation in Dogs and Cats

Rejuvenation in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help rejuvenate and help address low energy, weakness, fatigue in lethargy in dogs and cats. 

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems. The adrenal and thyroid glands play a major role in providing critical nutritional support to all glands and tissues in all body systems. Since all animal body systems are interconnected, if the adrenal glands can become stressed and fatigued, it can also affect the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

The immune system requires a multi-layered nutritional approach to support healthy and balanced function.The immune system is not supposed to be suppressed or stimulated. In a dog or cat with a robust and healthy immune system, healthy immune response is systemically supported, along with enhancing growth of healthy cells and tissues in the animal body’s defense mechanism; may help counteract symptoms related to arthritis, cancer, tumors and lipomas; may help protect healthy cellular response, help protect against invasion by potential allergens and pathogens, may protect against viral and bacterial diseases and may limit inflammation and the risk of auto immune disease.

If your dog or cat is tired, lethargic, lacking energy and interest in common activities and has lost interest in play time, your pet may be suffering from low energy.  Some such changes may be related to aging (i.e. sleeping more; less tolerant of exercise, etc.), however, some may seem out of place and may warrant a vet visit.

Often lethargy, sluggishness and diminished energy are related to poor diet. Your pet's diet should include a premium, diet which contains high quality protein, fiber, vitamin-rich fish oils for a healthy skin and coat and essential vitamins and minerals to strengthen the immune system. What should be avoided are low quality proteins, fillers, chemical additives and preservatives, along with corn, wheat and soy. Also, providing fresh, filtered water daily for your pet is crucial. 

Low energy may be a symptom of underlying diseases such as toxin exposure, intestinal worms and parasites, anemia, intestinal worms, hypothyroidism, diabetes, liver and kidney disease, digestive disorders, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory disorders and cancer.

Additionally, obesity, heat stroke, depression, nutritional deficiencies, an inadequate diet, and boredom can contribute low energy levels and a decrease in activity.

Many behavioral problems are related to aging dogs and cats. Changes in movement behavior may indicate joint problems, circulatory, ear or eye issues; changes in elimination patterns often indicate kidney, blood sugar, digestive, hormonal or metabolic issues.

Paying close attention to your dog and cat’s patterns, and noting variations can help you and your veterinarian determine whether organ systems may be affected to address the problem. 

Common behavioral changes in older animals:

Abnormal aggression:  A normally gentle dog or cat may suddenly become aggressive with age due to hearing loss or vision and may become startled and insecure in their surroundings; physical pain, such as painful joints, gum or dental problems, etc; and diseases that directly affect the nervous system (i.e. cognitive dysfunction, Alzheimer's). 

If your aging dog or cat is showing signs of aggressiveness, it is important that your pet be examined by a vet immediately to determine the underlying cause.

Separation Anxiety

Pets of any age can display signs of separation anxiety, such as barking, chewing, or eliminating in inappropriate places, stress and anxiety when left alone, along with many other symptoms. Physical or emotional pain may also require more love and attention from pet parents to pets. 

Like people, older pets may display new and specific behaviors, such as an inability or a decreased ability to cope with changes in schedule, people or surroundings.

Your pet may experience sleeplessness and may pace or whine. 

Physical diseases (such as chronic diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections, bladder stones, bladder infections, kidney problems, or liver disease) may cause your pet to lose control of its bladder or bowels.

Physical pain such as arthritis may also hinder a dog or cat from getting up and going outside or using the litter box to relieve themselves. 

Cognitive problem may also cause house-soiling in older pets who may be unaware (or painfully aware) of what they are doing. Do not lose your patience as aging pets are vulnerable to deterioration in body and mind just as pet parents are. Treating and managing the underlying physical ailment may help remedy the problem, or at least reduce the number of occurrences. 

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

According to a study, around 60% of dogs and cats, 10 years and older have the disorder.

Common symptoms of CCD include:

Confusion

Disorientation

Aggression (may not recognize family and friends)

Restlessness

Circling

Stiffness

Weakness

Sleeplessness or a change in sleeping patterns

Soiling in the house

Increased vocalization

Decreased activity level

Decreased attentiveness

Staring into space

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

Herbal remedies have a long history of providing tonic benefits to help restore energy levels, vigor, vitality and stamina in animals who display lethargy or diminished energy due to aging or health problems; may help counteract the effects of cognitive decline in pets, including limiting plaque build up in the brain, heart, veins and arteries; may help provide nutritional support to all bodily systems; may help rejuvenate and sharpen physical and mental performance and endurance; can be used safely, gently and without harsh side effects.

Dog & Cat Kryptonite– (learn more) helps support hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) function, helps enable the body to respond normally to stress and metabolic demands while supporting the glands' ability to rebuild and regenerate, may help support healthy energy levels and vitality, helps promote cognitive (brain) function and memory performance and contains critical trace nutrients and antioxidants which may be important preventatives for cognitive decline; may be especially useful for lethargic, aging or convalescing animals due to its amino acid and protein converting phytochemical content, may help regulate the organs which secrete hormones, including the pituitary, parotid, thyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the testes; may stimulate the hypothalamus and thyroid glands when underperforming; may help support overall systemic endocrine function, including its impact on the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems; for its support of cognitive (brain) function, particularly in degenerative conditions.

I AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) helps to support and nourish the endocrine system; helps support adrenal and thyroid gland health and response to stress and metabolic demand, helps support proper HPA (Hypothalmic Pituitary and Adrenal) gland function, helps support glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, helps promote hormonal balance, helps 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, helps provide anti-inflammatory and immune support, and may help maintain overall healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

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.

Turmeric the Magnificent – (learn more) antioxidant properties may help inhibit free radical damage and limit multiple inflammation pathways by helping cool inflammatory response in all body systems; help boost or balance immunity as needed; help support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response; decongestant and anti-histamine properties may help limit allergen triggers by reducing mast cell histamine response; may help improve digestion by suppressing inflammation in the gut; may help cleanse and detoxify the liver, kidneys and gall bladder; may help address cognitive disease (i.e. Alzheimer') by limiting micro-inflammation in the brain and supporting the neurological, endocrine and cardiovascular link; curcuminoid content may help halt mutations in DNA related to cancer formation, and may help block the production of enzymes that cancer needs to spread; may help prevent heart disease and strokes by inhibiting the build-up of plaque in the arteries, including the arteries that provide the brain with essential oxygen and nutrients; may help address boils.

Conventional Remedies:

A thorough physical examination and a series of diagnostic tests such as a complete blood count, biochemic profile, x-rays, ultrasound, urine, fecal and blood samples including an eye and neurological examination will be performed to rule out any other disorders.

Treatment will be based on treating the underlying cause and certain medications will be prescribed. However, to increase energy and vigor in your pet, always feed your pet a healthy, well balanced diet.

 

 

 

 

 

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