Being a “senior dog” is relative to the dog’s breed, but also its physical wellness. Small dogs that have relatively long lifespans compared to giant breeds hit the “senior” designation at around 10-12 years of age, while medium-size dogs welcome that moniker at age 8 or 9. Larger dogs hit the senior milestone perhaps as early as 6.
Reaching the golden years isn’t without its challenges. Some senior dogs don’t handle stress as well as they once did. It’s not uncommon for their hearing to go bad, and that once keen sense of vision begins to fade. They also have a tougher time regulating their temperature. One of the big aging milestones you’ll really notice is that the pup that once had limitless energy is now having mobility issues due to sore joints and seems content to sit still or show signs of difficulty getting up.
The ingredients in Senior Support’s formula have been shown to:
- Help support comfort and activity levels
- Help support healthy functions that support joints and mobility
- Help promote the growth of good bacteria in the stomach
- Help promote healthy skin and coat
- Help support healthy brain function
- Help support healthy digestion
At PetSoothe, we’ve taken some of these elder ailments into account in developing our Senior Support salmon and oatmeal CBD treats for senior dogs. These treats support healthy mobility, healthy digestion and brain function. The following are the key ingredients for offering these levels of support.
Bringing salmon oil into the mix is essential, as fish oil is one of the most popular products sought out by pet owners. You’ve likely heard of healthy fat, which is the type of fat bodies use for energy, protecting organs and supporting cell growth. Fish oil contains healthy fat compounds called docosahexaenoic (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic (EPA) fatty acids, which are collectively referred to as Omega 3 fatty acids.
Among the list of potential benefits pets could gain from consumption of salmon oil includes lower triglyceride (harmful cholesterol) levels, improved cognitive function, improve heart health, slow kidney disease, improve skin conditions and aid arthritic joints.
Glucosamine Sulfate (Shellfish)
It’s estimated that roughly one in five dogs will develop a joint issue at some point in their lives, though it’s most seen in senior dogs. One of the keys to a happy life is mobility, which is why we have included glucosamine in our Senior Support CBD treats.
Glucosamine is one of the most common supplements used to support dogs with osteoarthritis. It is a naturally occurring compound that is known as a “chondroprotective agent” used for its potential in alleviating pain related to joint problems. Glucosamine has also been used to intervene and slow the onset of arthritis.
Probiotics are bacteria in the gut that promote health. Billions of them live in your dog’s gut and help them fight infection, digest food and process nutrients.
Furthermore, probiotics help to make the immune system do its job. If you’ve taken probiotics for your own potential health benefits, you might have gotten them from a dairy product, such as yogurt. Dairy products are a leading cause of food intolerance in canines, which is why it’s important that at PetSoothe, we use lactose-free probiotics in Senior Support.
A doctor at the Harvard-affiliated Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases referred to inflammation as the “smolder process that injures your tissues, joints, and blood vessels.” Supporting healthy inflammation in a natural way includes using turmeric, which is a spice commonly used in Indian food. And while you might enjoy it in your tikka masala, it’s more and more commonly being used for its potential to fight inflammation.
Turmeric is often referred to as a “natural superfood,” and it’s admired as much for its medicinal properties as it is for its taste. While there are a host of potential benefits cited in consuming turmeric, the top one is supporting healthy inflammation levels. It’s believed that the compound in turmeric called curcumin is where this spice gets its ability to perform its superfood powers.
Eggs are a dietary mainstay. They are high in protein and contain a long list of vitamins, minerals and carotenoids, which are beneficial antioxidants that can enhance the immune system. Eggs also contain selenium, which is an essential component in helping to protect against cell damage and infections.
Dietary fiber is important because it reduces cholesterol in the body, and oat flour has plenty of fiber. It also has more fiber and protein than regular flower and is lower in carbs. It’s great for baking because it makes goods fluffy without impacting the flavor.
Used as a thickener in food, maltodextrin is also a preservative that will increase the shelf life of food. It’s used in a variety of foods, from yogurt to nutrition bars, cereals to baked goods. It’s also a source of energy.
Organic Whole Wheat
Packed with complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber and a moderate amount of protein, organic whole wheat is also known as a source of vitamin B, which can provide energy to the body.
Also called K-sorbate, potassium sorbate is a popular food preservative, as it helps to prevent food from molding. It’s a naturally occurring unsaturated fatty acid that is completely safe and has among the lowest allergenic potential of preservatives.
High in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, rolled oats are also a good source of fiber, which is why they are commonly use in baked goods. Rolled oats also contain avenanthramides, which are alkaloids that have the potential to be a healthy food source for the heart because of their strong antioxidant qualities.
Baking powder is a popular ingredient in a variety of baked goods, as it is often referred to as a “two-in-one” leavening agent that gives food a little more volume while lightening the texture. It’s a good source of phosphorous and calcium and it is free of fat and sugar.
Also called sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is a type of salt that is used to that encourages browning in baking while also affecting flavor. This ingredient also contains no sugar, fat or carbohydrates.
PetSoothe’s Senior Support formula is designed to help support healthy mobility, digestion and brain function in senior dogs.
As our dogs age their needs change. What was once an easy task for your dog might be a little more challenging now. Running to chase their favorite ball or climbing onto the couch are still their favorite things, but now those activities can take a little extra effort and energy. Certain foods or treats can upset their stomach.
As our dogs grow in age, our love for them grows with it. That’s exactly why we designed a special formula – to help aging dogs feel and perform their best.
|Less than 10 lbs.||1 treat / day|
|10-75 lbs||3 treats / day|
|Over 75 lbs.||4 treats / day|