7 Best Supplements For Senior Dogs
Considerations For Senior Dogs
There are a few supplements which can be of particular benefit to senior dogs.
As dogs get older and head into their golden years, certain ailments become more likely and commonplace. The right supplements can improve quality of life for your old friend.
Here are our selections — the ones which stood out from our research...
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Omega 3 fatty acids provide a wide range of benefits which can help dogs of all ages. But some of the issues that Omega 3s help with can become more pronounced with old age, making Omega 3 supplements particularly beneficial for senior dogs.
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Lamberts High Potency Omega 3s is a potent product recommended by vets for both dogs and cats.
The two nutrients- EPA and DHA fatty acids. are often missing from pet foods due to both cost and instability because these Omega 3s tend to go rancid when exposed to air, so dry 'complete' diets will contain little of these important nutrients.
These Omega 3 capsules ensure that your pet receives a regular intake of EPA and DHA fatty acids.
Established in 1982, Lamberts is the UK's leading supplier of specialist dietary supplements to Practitioners and Pharmacists who use nutrition and herbs in healthcare. Available in 39 countries around the world, including the US.
Lamberts are leading experts in nutrition, producing the highest quality products in some of the most modern and technically advanced factories.
You can rest assured that you will receive quality products endorsed by professionals in healthcare.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Glucosamine and Chondroitin are known to help with joint problems.
Whilst these issues are not confined to older dogs, they are likely to worsen with age. For example, arthritis is not caused by wear and tear on the joints, but osteoarthritis is.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin supplements are the most widely-used, and senior dogs are the largest user group.
Lamberts Glucosamine Complex for Dogs and Cats is an ideal product to maintain the dog’s well being.
These are tasty beef flavored tablets that have been specially developed with the help of experts. A unique blend of ingredients, glucosamine sulphate, vitamins C and E, makes this an ideal supplement for all dogs, whatever their age.
Dorwest is another company from the UK, with products available in the US and around the world.
There is no bias toward the UK, Dorwest is just another company that ticks the right boxes.
They maintain total control over all the processes involved in formulation, manufacturing, testing, packaging, storage and distribution of all their veterinary herbal products.
Quality and microbiological checks, using scientific testing methods, are made on all raw materials before they are used to ensure that they meet the stringent requirements of the British Herbal or the European Pharmacopœias.
Testing is continued throughout manufacture to ensure conformity and purity. To make sure the products maintain their strength and effectiveness throughout their shelf life, Dorwest undertakes stability testing to ensure that no deterioration takes place and that every tablet retains its effectiveness throughout its shelf life.
In short, Dorwest demonstrates a total commitment to quality control and assurance, and maintains the standards we like to see.
CBD For Dogs
CBD is not strictly a supplement, but it has a place here. CBD products can help with a wide range of conditions which are likely to be present in older dogs.
CBD is very helpful in reducing anxiety and providing a calming, soothing effect. Anxiety can occur at any time, for a variety of reasons. Obvious causes are loud noises, such as thunderstorms and fireworks. Separation anxiety is another. CBD can be very helpful for all these.
But there are additional factors that come into play for older dogs. As eyesight facility diminishes with old age, it can cause chronic anxiety for a dog who no longer feels so able to protect himself.
Exactly the same thing occurs if hearing facility is reduced.
Dementia is also known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) and, more informally, as 'dogzeimers' or 'sundowners'. Clearly this is predominant in older dogs. CBD helps by increasing dopamine release, which is also the basis of the prescription drug Anipryl, typically prescribed for canine cognitive dysfunction.
CBD was also sown to be effective in reducing joint pain, by a study undertaken at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine. The research showed an improvement in mobility for 80% of dogs who were suffering from osteoarthritis, with no observable side effects.
Ellevet — A Scientific Focus
ElleVet conducted the first ever double-blind placebo study at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, on dogs with multi-joint discomfort associated with osteoarthritis. Over 80% of dogs using chews show dramatic improvement in mobility.
In collaboration with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, ElleVet conducted the first clinical study examining how CBD is metabolized by dogs. ElleVet determined the first proven administration structure designed for best results.
ElleVet's, Maximum Strength Calm & Comfort™ with CBD + CBDA is a situational relief chew designed specifically for scenarios where your pet needs maximum relief.
Unlike other products which are geared towards long-term use, Calm & Comfort is designed to use situationally, and provides real time relief in as little as 1-2 hours.
This product is suitable for pets 5lbs+. Pets over 100lbs will need 4+ chews, so will need 2 packs.
A delicious, easy way to give your dog his daily dose of CBD and Omega-3’s. All it takes is one scoop to make any pet food even more nourishing.
Each tub contains 30 scoops of 20/mg of CBD per serving. This food topper is made with the same high-grade broad-spectrum CBD as Petly's famous drops.
This natural bacon flavor pet food topper is free of wheat, soy, corn, lentils, potato flour, pea flour, and artificial preservatives. But it’s filled with nutritious brewers yeast, eggs, omega-3’s, and CBD.
Petly CBD products have a strong foundation in science. All the hemp they use is grown in nutrient-rich soil in Colorado. Their farmers operate under strict guidelines and use only 100% organic practices.
Petly hemp oil contains not only CBD, but a robust profile of minor cannabinoids, including CBD, CBDA, CBG, CBN, and CBC. You will also find a variety of naturally occurring terpenes and flavonoids. What this means for you is that PETLY's products contain a full spectrum of beneficial natural compounds.
Every production run is tested for quality and potency. This makes sure that all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients are consistent and pure.
Every batch goes through rigorous testing in Petly's in-house laboratory. When the batch passes, it receives a Certificate of Analysis and a Certificate of Quality Assurance that Petly makes available to their customers.
Third-party labs are also used on a monthly basis to verify and confirm the Certificates. To date, not one batch has failed to meet Petly's rigorous testing standards.