We have adopted a lot of dogs. We have watched our adopted pups grow into old age, and many we’ve taken in have been senior dogs. Aging can be difficult for dogs and it mirrors the aging process in humans. Here are some things we’ve learned about canines aging gracefully, fending off canine cancer and our lessons learned. It is important to follow the same rules for dogs that you would for you:
Ranging from vigorous to relaxing, exercise revives the soul and generates healthy, oxygen rich blood, keeping muscles flexible and strong. Daily walks with a variety of inclines/declines and terrains help keep your dog agile in mind, body and soul. Make the walks a fun adventure, and give your pup healthy treats for doing well at points of higher-than-normal stress (meeting new people and animals, stopping and sitting at street corners, etc.,). Take it slow with new adoptees and increase as advisable. If you have a newly adopted senior, slow and steady is best.
Greens! Need I say more? There are foods that dogs, and humans alike, should have daily – adding greens to your dog’s daily diet will go a long way and help your canines to age gracefully. Nutrition is the key, add greens to your pet’s diet to minimize free radicals, inflammation, and disease, and thus increase his/her longevity. We use our Vitamix to create a green super-food mix, and store in Ball Jars in the freezer for a 3 months, and thawed in fridge for 7 days. Recipe:
Organic bunches of spinach, dandelion greens, parsley, kale, celery and seaweed/dulse – all mixed together, add 1/4″ nub of turmeric and ginger each, along with 3-4 small chunks of pineapple (or 1 tsp bromeliad). Include up to 1/8 cup organic apple cider vinegar and bone broth each, and 1 tsp fish oil. Mix in two groupings: place 1/2 of everything in Vitamix, spinning well without high heat to merge all ingredients, use tamper to push ingredients down towards blade. Do not over mix, texture should be akin to thick pea soup (click here to see). Serve 1-2 Tbs per 12-15 lbs dog. Makes 4 16oz Ball Jars: freeze 3 and keep 1 in fridge to use right away! You can use a FoodSaver™ to get all of the air out of the jars prior to freezing.
Dog’s are social creatures, and as social creatures they will require ongoing socialization, including relational, empathy-based kindness. It may not readily be apparent – but your dog relies on you to show him or her love, in its’ truest of forms. Your dog needs eye contact, soft petting, cuddling, and positive rewards on an ongoing basis – this is particularly true for dogs that are newly adopted, in strange environments, and who encounter strange things. Your dog will sense that you want to bond and ease tension – over time this creates trust. Recognize that just like humans, dogs may require more calming and soothing environmental responses as they age – so make sure you provide your pup with what helps him or her feel the most loved, at all times!
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Hope you had a great time reading my tips for helping your canines to age gracefully – it is so very important to be in-tune with your dog, to learn what he or she is trying to convey and to respond to their daily needs for love, nutrition and exercise. If you have some tips you’d like to share with me and my readers, please let me know – we’re all ears!
Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!
With lub, MattieDog, a little dog making a big impact in this world!®