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Natural Senior Pet Health

There are many excellent natural ways to keep senior pets healthy, strong, and disease free. This page will tell you many of the things that can be done to help keep your best friends healthy, happy, and long lived, so you can enjoy their healthy companionship for as long as possible. Do not accept the status quo as to the longevity of a particular breed of animal, because many many pets far outlive the normal standards, by 5 or more years with mindful care.

Let's start at the top:

SENIOR PET NUTRITION

#1 Diet is number one!

The food your pet consumes each and every day can help promote or deteriorate your pet's health. Feeding species appropriate nutrition will help promote optimal health and prevent disease. We have been feeding species appropriate nutrition (aka raw meat and bones) to our canines and felines since 1998. When those pet food recalls occur, some people have lost every dog and cat they owned to the recalled foods! Others have gotten severely ill after eating one small can of the recalled pet food, incurring weeks of vet bills, and miserability for the pet and human. Human grade raw food is not recalled as often as traditional dry kibble and canned pet foods. Lots of canine and feline nutrition information is here: Animal Nutrition. If you cannot feed a raw diet, please at least consider cooking your senior pet's food, instead of purchasing a bag or can of pet food.

APPROPRIATE WEIGHT

#2   Appropriate Weight

Senior pets can suffer from the same weight related ailments people do. Though many people feel a healthy pet is an overweight pet, it is a detriment to our pets to be overweight, just the same as it is for us to be overweight. Excess weight puts more strain on the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, legs, joints, etc. Excess weight contributes to a shorter life expectancy and a much greater chance pets will suffer from arthritis, heart disease, skin conditions, asthma, etc.

IF your pet is overweight, consider some of the following tips to help them lose weight:

  1. Increase daily exercise
  2. Stop leaving food out 24/7. Any food not eaten within 5 to 10 minutes of feeding, pick it up and put it away. Leaving dry pet food out all day causes it to go stale, increases the chance your pet will be overweight as they can eat anytime they want, including when they are bored (just like people), and increases the chances they will have dental decay.
  3.  Fast your pet. If you normally feed your pet twice/day, fast on fresh water for one meal, once/week. If your pet is healthy, fast one day/week. This gives the digestive system a rest and allows your pet to detox some of the toxins from his/her body. We fast all the canines here at least one day/week. No carnivorous animal in the wild eats 7 days/week. Excessive feeding creates overwork for the digestive tract and excess fat.
  4.  Switch to a raw or cooked diet. Many pets lose weight after switching to healthier food, as often they keep consuming the dry/canned food because they aren't getting the proper nutrients their bodies need, so they keep eating in hopes of meeting their nutritional requirements.
  5. Bored pets will eat more than those who are exercised and have lots of interestingDE things to do (aka entertainment). Keep your pet physically and mentally active - give them a job to do, etc. to help prevent boredom.
  6.  Food grade diatomaceous earth completely eliminates the need to give those horrible chemical (aka poison) wormers. If they have no intestinal worms or parasites, 70% of their chance of getting disease goes right out the window. Plus it contains over 15 minerals that are great for the skin, coat, bones, joints, etc. and helps promote excellent health. Worm free pets consume less food, as their are no worms sucking their blood and consuming the nutrients from their food, so it helps lessen your pet food bill.
  7. Make sure your puppy gets plenty of good healthy exercise. For proper growth and healthful longevity, daily exercise, fresh air, and sunshine is essential for everyone.

VITAMINS, MINERALS, PROBIOTICS, & ENZYME SUPPLEMENTATION

#3    Organic Vitamin & Mineral Supplements

Proper supplements help keep the body in balance. The following organic supplements can help nourish the body, brain, skin, etc. Probiotics and enzymes help digest and properly assimilate the food you are feeding and often make a huge difference in the health of your companions.

  1. Organic kelp contains over 60 vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that is easyKelp assimilated by the body. This helps detox, promote healthy skin and coat, and provides vital nutrients every body needs.
  2. Food grade diatomaceous earth completely eliminates the need to give those horrible chemical (aka poison) wormers. If they have no intestinal worms or parasites, 70% of their chance of getting disease goes right out the window. Plus it contains over 15 minerals that are great for the skin, coat, bones, joints, etc. and helps promote excellent health. Worm free pets consume less food, as their are no worms sucking their blood and consuming the nutrients from their food, so it helps lessen your pet food bill. Plus DE is excellent for joint and bone health for young growing animals through those in the senior years.
  3. RX Biotic Rx Vitamins for Pets Professional Veterinary Formula is an excellent blend of probiotics and enzymes that contain over 3 billion viable cells per servicing. Great for all animals, young and older.

NON-TOXIC FLEA, TICK, & HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVES

#4 Chemical Flea & Tick Preventatives -NO!!!  

Please do NOT put traditional chemical flea or tick preventatives on your dogs andFlea Free cats. These so-called "flea and tick preventatives" are actual POISONS. Most people put poisons on weeds to kill them, so purposely putting a poison on our beloved animals is an absolutely insane notion. Optimal health cannot be achieved by poisoning our furry best friends. If fleas are a problem, start using food grade diatomaceous earth and visit our Natural No Fleas web page. The combined natural product Flea Control Kits are great.

#5 Do NOT put poison heartworm preventatives in or on your dogs. Like the flea preventatives, these things are actual poisons that permeate the body for 30 to 60 days. These traditional preventatives do NOT "prevent" the mosquito from landing on your dog by making them smell nasty to mosquitoes, they just poison the blood, kidneys, liver, skin, and entire body, so when a mosquito bites them, it attempts to poison any infection the mosquito has left in the dog's blood stream. Ever notice, the animals in the wild are not extinct from heartworm, west nile virus, or other diseases? Heck, they aren't on monthly Heartgard prevention. How is it possible the wild canine species: wolves, dingos, foxes, coyotes, etc. are still alive and thriving? Think about it...Here is some information about Heartworm Medicine Linked to Sickness, Death. See our Natural Heartworm Preventative Information web page. We do have many clients whose dogs' became heartworm positive while using the traditional heartworm preventatives.

PURE FRESH WATER DAILY

#6   Be sure to change your pet's water bowl daily. Plenty of clean pure fresh water is essential to pet health just as it is for people. Preferably do not give city tap water.

PLENTY OF DAILY EXERCISE & SUNSHINE

#7   Make sure your pet gets plenty of good healthy exercise. Senior pet's should be walking, running, and playing up until the day they die. For healthful longevity, daily exercise is essential for us and our pets, so make time to get both of you out for a daily walk.

ARTHRITIS, ACHES, & PAINS

#8   Sometimes older pets have mobility issues which hamper their comfortability and exercise levels. This can make their health decline more quickly. Some excellent natural alternatives to help alleviate arthritis, inflammation, aches, and pain are:

  1. Vita Flex 100% Pure MSM ~ My first choice when inflammation occurs for injuries, joint,MSM and other pain related issues. For active issues, double the recommended daily dose, given in divided doses 2 to 3x/day. Significant benefit should be noticed within 24 to 48 hours of dosing.
  2. Woodstock Herbal Tumeric & Boswellia Joint Formula is a highly effective joint formula.
  3. Carticil Plus ~helps rebuild joints, increase mobility, and helps strengthen the immune system.
  4. Petizol (formerly Pet's PAIN Formula) ~ is helpful for many pets.
  5. Adizone ~ This is like an herbal prednisone substitute, BUT cannot be taken long term, as the body naturally manufactures cortisone on it's own and Adizone is an herbal cortizone substitute. Once you substitute cortizone (natural or traditional), the body will stop manufacturing cortizone on it's own and then may need lifetime supplementation.
  6. Amber Tech's Vitality Kit was formulated specifically for senior pets. This kit contains 4 organic herbal remedies: Adizone, Carticil Plus, Derma NERV, and Life Cell Support in a convenient bag at a discounted rate for these multiple items.
  7. Food grade diatomaceous earth ~ is mostly amorphous silica which is great for skin, fur, joints, etc. Everyone, human and animal should just take food grade diatomaceous earth daily for life.
  8. Daily exercise is essential making sure not to overexert pets who aren't accustomed to regular activity and gradually increasing as they are able to exercise more.

IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTH & PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

#9   Keeping the immune system strong and healthy helps assure your senior pet lives a long healthy life. Providing excellent nutrition, supplements, and as few toxins as possible are optimum. Detoxing your senior pets body at least once/year, if not once every six months can keep their bodies functioning in optimum condition, so they have a greater chance of dying of old age, versus of dying from disease.

  1. 100% NZ Colostrum is my favorite supplement for all of us (including me). It isNZ Colostrum especially excellent for canines and felines in particular, but great for all species. My canines and felines get it every day of their lives, as they LOVE it so, and it is so excellent for them. Great for the immune system, digestion, and excellent overall health maintenance.
  2. Internal Gold Detox Kit contains both Amber Tech's organic Kidney Rejuvenator and Life Cell Support which give a full body cleanse by cleansing and purifying the blood, liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system. For general detox purposes, we give this to senior pets 3x/day for 30 days both Spring and Fall. I actually take these products as well, giving myself my own doses in front of my senior pet, then giving his. That way he knows we're doing it together for optimum health for BOTH of us.

VACCINATIONS

#10   Vaccinations

Most pets have been vaccinated regularly. If your pet has ever had a reaction to a vaccination, which is usually seen within a minute to 3 months after being vaccinated, check with your county to see if they will accept rabies titers in lieu of the rabies vaccine OR a health exemption letter from your veterinarian stating that the rabies vaccine is detrimental to the health of your pet. Dr. Jean Dodd's is a veterinary immunologist currently working on the 7 Year Rabies Challenge Study. For more information about pet vaccines and Dr. Dodd's study, please go to our Animal Vaccines web page.

Life Cell Support is excellent for pets who have had reactions to vaccines, as well as those who are going to be vaccinated or wormed. Give 3x/day for 30 days.

DENTAL, VISION, & EAR HEALTH

#11 If your senior pet has bad breath, teeth, plaque, or ear health issues, the following can be excellent:
  1. EvoraPet Oral Care Probiotics are probiotics specifically formulated for oral care. It isEvorapettasteless and simply applied to daily food for a noticeable difference in your pet's breath within a week of daily dosing and reduction of plaque. Regular dosing will provide optimum oral care benefit and those with excessive plaque can take a few months of dosing for optimum clean teeth.
  2. Pet Vision is excellent for senior pet eye health. For those with a blue, white haze on their eyes, dry eyes, and pets with cataracts. Good for active cataracts with clearing of the eyes within 36 days and for preventative eye health maintenance.
  3. Otaxium (formerly Otalgia Ear Drops) is an organic herbal formula designed to help rid pets of ear infections.

SHOWS, TRAVELING, BOARDING

Paxxin (formerly Parvaid) is excellent to help reduce travel stress, calm, soothe thePaxxin intestinal tract, help prevent vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, and boost the immune system. 2 to 4x/day is fine for this purpose.

Derma Nerv can be helpful for overactive animals to help calm, regenerate, and soothe the nerves. Beneficial to calm/lessen seizures as well.

Tossa K (formerly Kennel-Koff) can be given a day or two before the outing, along with the day(s) of the outing, and a few days afterwards to help prevent contraction of upper respiratory infections. Give twice/day for this purpose or 4x/day for 10 days for active upper respiratory infection.

Flea Free to help assure they won't bring home any blood sucking parasites, such as fleas, lice, mites, etc. Better yet, the combination Flea & Tick Control Kits offer maximum cost effective flea and tick control.

Bentonite Clay is excellent to help counteract poisoning, such as salmonella and should be in every travel kit for people and pets.

*These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this Web site or in emails is designed for educational purposes only. The information on this web site is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician or veterinarian. This information is not intended as a substitute for the reader's independent judgment and personal responsibility. Health issues are far too important to delegate to anyone else. It is highly recommended you research and seek information and counsel from as wide a variety of sources as possible, so you can make well informed educated decisions about you, your child's, or your pet's health, as in the end YOU make the decisions.


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