Using herbal support for older dogs, especially by supporting the liver and kidneys you may see amazing results in an older dog. Why? It's not the years in the dog but how well the body does or doesn't work.
I also have a few other goodies up my sleeve.
We think of "aging" as the reason behind many ailments and diseases but I think it's more accurate that an older dog simply has had more time to build up toxins and the liver and kidneys are tired and overworked.
They can definitely use some help.
Did you know if the major organs aren't up to par, no matter what supplements you give your pooch they may go in one end and out the other without doing anything at all?
Think of herbal support for older dogs as a much needed tune up!
Seriously? I can't believe I let you ask me that. The liver has over 500 daily functions to accomplish. That baby is a workaholic!
Aside from being the great detoxifier, here's a few other jobs we couldn't live without:
Every darn thing that goes in the body or is absorbed through the skin...whether its food, drugs, herbs, pesticides, household cleaners will go through the liver.
The liver is smart. It knows when to detoxify, when to usher the toxins out of the body through urine or stool, when to store the nutrients and when to release them back into the blood.
What else? It breaks down old or damaged blood cells. It knows to store the iron and various vitamins to use when those nutrients fall below what’s needed in the bloodstream. It’s also essential in releasing the plasma proteins necessary to clot blood.
So in my house, herbal support for older dogs is a no brainer.
Let's face it, the longer any of us live, the longer our organs have been working their butts off.
Did you know the kidneys filter body's blood around 400 times a day. Seriously! Just for fun, let's do this:
400 times a day X 365 days a year X 10 years = 1,460,000 times!
My Lulu 400 times a day X 365 days a year X 14 years = 2,044,000
Holy smokes, it makes me tired just thinking about it. Next, what's the point of all the blood swooshing through the kidneys?
Honestly it's tough to keep my mouth shut when I hear people talking about vitamins like they're the end all be all.I believe it's actually easier to get needed vitamins through a good dog diet.
Minerals, on the other hand can't all come from food. First, soils growing crops have only 10% of the minerals they used to have.
If you're feeding raw that's awesome but the raw meat was from animals who only got 10% of the needed minerals.
How many vitamins are there? 16
How many mineral are there? 72
The body can slow down it's production of enzymes as your dog ages. We tend to think of enzymes for food digestion but they do so much more. Here's a partial list:
First, the reason I titled this page Herbal Support for Older Dogs is that I didn't want to say, old dog or senior dog. Those words make me cringe. I regularly argue with two of my kids whether Lulu is old or not. They say yes and I say no.
After a somewhat heated argument with my son who swore I've been saying Lu is ten for at least 3 years.... I did the math.
He was right.
But then we could have the same argument about me being old. Maybe my kids think I'm old since I can collect Social Security. My argument with them is that I don't feel old! I have no major ailments, I take no drugs and don't even keep aspirin (or tylenol or motrim or whatever is popular now) in my house. I don't need that stuff.
Okay, I may have gotten carried away but I always feel like I'm talking to a friend when I write, so you got some of my feelings thrown in.
As for an experience I had with Lu in October of 2018, here's the deal. She seemed to be slowing down a bit. (EEK!) In fact, it was so subtle I wondered if I was imagining it.
And THEN, a couple of times in the same week I heard her tummy making some really strange noises at night.It had never happened before.
I tell ya, it was loud enough that I turned the light back on and watched her to make sure aliens hadn't taken over.
After some brainstorming, I realized I'd gotten lazy with a few supplements. I dug out some Liver Cleanse, KB-C and Proactazyme.
Three days later Lu perked up, raced around the house like a bat out of hell. I opened the back door and she raced out so fast, the rug went flying. She did her run-the-whole-yard-in-a-circle thing several times with ears flying back and a grin on her face.
My girl was back (:
Here are the supplements I like for the mature dog. (Sounds better then old huh?)
Liver Cleanse: Nourishing and Cleansing the liver and gall bladder using red beet root, dandelion root, parsley leaves, horsetail stem and strobilus, yellow dock root, black cohosh root, birch leaves, blessed thistle aerial parts, angelica root, chamomile flowers, gentian root and goldenrod aerial parts.
KB-C is a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) for Kidney and bone support using Eucommia bark, cistanche stem, achyranthes root, dipsacus root, drynaria rhizome, hoelen sclerotium, morinda root, rehmannia root tuber, astragalus root, cornus fruit without seeds, dioscorea rhizome, epimedium leaf, ligustrum fruit, liquidamber fruit, lycium fruit, ginseng root, tang-kuei root and atractylodes rhizome
Mineral Chi Tonic has at least 64 trace minerals in addition to 9 Chinese tonic herbs.
Proactazyme is a multi enzyme combination
A last minute note:
Because Lu and I are both mature and I figure my kidneys have filtered my blood over 9 million times... and my body needs support too, I also take these things because they are human grade and the company has a long history of excellence.
If supporting your dog's body with these hand picked combos is on today's agenda, you can order them right now on line through me at NSP. Just type in this shortcut I created.
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