Dogs age faster than humans.
The average life expectancy of a medium-size dog is about 12 years and depends on many factors, including breed, size, genetics, nutrition, environment and vaccination history, to name a few.
In general large and giant breeds tend to age faster than smaller and toy breeds.
Great Danes for example seldom reach 12 years of age, while occasionally Chihuahuas may reach 20 years old.
Any dog between 7 and 8 years of age should be considered middle-aged (although that would probably be considered senior for large breeds) a dog is a senior when he's reached the last 25 percent of his predicted life span.
Once a dog has entered his senior years
there are steps you can take to help ensure that your dog is as healthy and comfortable as possible in his remaining years.
Bone broth Contains....
vitamins and minerals to support general health & immune function
A natural source of Glucosamine, Chondroitin & Hyaluronic Acid for joint support
Packed with Glycine to promote optimal liver function
Contains natural anti-inflammatory compounds – Glycine, Proline & Arginine
Easy to digest and soothing to the Gastrointestinal tract
Even dogs with little appetite enjoy bone broth
Excellent nutrition for dogs with poor health or who are convalescing
From this list you can easily see why giving bone broth to older dogs is such a powerful way to help them get the nutrients they need.
For healthy senior dogs
it’s a power-packed, all natural dietary supplement which helps to support organ and immune system function and keep them healthy and strong.
For senior dogs who have decreased appetite/difficulty eating
or who are recovering from illness or dealing with chronic health issues, bone broth is a tasty way to get essential nutrients into their bodies.
Bone broth is also a great way to increase fluid intake and prevent dehydration.
Dry kibble can be soaked in bone broth or it can be added to canned, raw or home-cooked meals, or offered as a tasty drink (in addition to regular water). Vegetables and the like can also be added to bone broth.
The following are four basic recommendations for caring for your ageing dog.
1. Change to a senior diet.
As animals age, their bodies nutritional needs change. Senior dogs generally require fewer calories and less fat than adult dogs do. Increased fibre may help maintain proper function of the digestive system.
Most pet food companies offer a reduced-calorie or senior diet made especially for ageing pets.
Take a look at some online information about specially formulated food for older dogs.
Obesity from overeating
lack of exercise or a diet too rich in calories is one of the surest ways to put the health of a pet at risk.
Take at least a week or so to gradually transition your dog to a new food, though, since abrupt diet changes can cause gastrointestinal problems.
2. Provide regular exercise.
Regular exercise for our senior dogs it’s important for a healthy and happy life.
The key word here is regular.
If you have a senior dog you should now begin see the signs that have slowly crept up on both you and your dog, we don’t really notice this at first as we tend to think our dogs are still young and its only when we turn round one day and realise he’s now walking behind us and is reluctant to go up stairs anymore.
The speed and endurance associated with younger dogs will seldom be seen in senior pets
this does not indicate that they enjoy exercise less or that it is any less beneficial to their bodies.
Regular exercise helps prevent obesity, stimulates the cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels) system and contributes to the well-being of your dog.
Exercise and the use of bone broth also helps the musculoskeletal system by maintaining muscle tone and range of motion, which may be especially important for dogs with osteoarthritis.
Do some online searches about what kind of exercise is best for your senior dog.
Another thing we have to remember is dogs are very clever at hiding pain or showing they are week in fear of attack by other dogs so we really have to look for the signs.