Canines Aging Gracefully and Lessons Learned

Canines Aging Gracefully and Lessons Learned

Odie2011WatermarkWe 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:

Exercise

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.

Nutrition

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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.

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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!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog

 

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Rebecca Sanchez is a nationally recognized leader in the human-animal bond. Known as "The Pet Lifestyle Guru™" at MattieDog (her heart dog)! Rebecca is an award winning writer that blogs about her life with her doggos, and sometimes about her husband who reluctantly agrees to participate in her shenanigans. Rebecca's work can be seen in numerous dog magazines, and in her books on Amazon.

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  1. We recently went through cancer with one of our cats and learned a great deal as well. Thank you for sharing with others. It’s so hard to see our pets suffering and the more we can do to help them before hand the better!
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    • Thanks for stopping by Joely and much love to you and your fuzzies!

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  2. Just like we do what we can to improve our health throughout our lives, the same should be done for our dogs. Why shouldn’t every being age gracefully!

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  3. It’s important to know how to care appropriately for your aging pet. Lexy and I aren’t seniors yet, but Lexy is now a mature cat. Where do the years go?

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    • Where did the years go is right – it’s funny how we often only pay attention to ‘nutrition’ when something goes wrong, but it’s truly a daily endeavor (for humans and pets)!

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  4. Thank you for sharing some great information!

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  5. It’s a month-long celebration of helping aging pets stay healthy! Glad to read more about the options.

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    • That’s right – it’s all about everyone’s shared goal to have a healthy aging pet!!

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  6. Love your greens mix! I’ve been wanting to add something similar to Mauja and Atka’s diet, so this was the perfect post for today 🙂

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    • Great – I hope you give the greens mix a try and that Mauja and Atka love it!!

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  7. This is awesome – I’ve seen a huge improvement in our senior dogs after starting a raw food diet a few years ago. It’s incredible what nutrition has done for Bruiser – great products here that I’m not familiar with!

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    • Yes indeed – we’ve seen a huge difference in our own pups! Vets are often cautious about nutrition – relying more on a formulated product. With a little research, knowledge about true nutrition, and some desire there are easy answers that are much more healthy for pups! We’ve learned a lot through a blog called Keep The Tail Wagging, so check them out!

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  8. We lost Sooty to Lymphome, it was before the internet exploded with knowledge but we kept a blog of her progress, I can’t bring myself to delete it from Blogger. So it is a memorial to her.
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    • We totally understand – and what a lovely memorial! We too experienced health issues with our fuzzies prior to internet-based sharing of pet nutrition. That’s what lead us to sharing this recipe – you can buy this type of greens in some pet stores and the cost is very high, so we explored and came up with our little recipe!

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  9. Great tips! Love the LOVE! And nutrition is so important, great recipe.

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  10. Great post! Thank you for the recipe.

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  11. Thank you for this information. A few years ago, I watched as my senior cat aged and progressively went downhill from cancer. She had as much quality time I could give her to help her stay as comfortable as possible.

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    • We’ve lost 3 fuzzy family members to cancer – and 1 to kidney failure, only in hindsight have we learned a few things and the true connection of health and nutrition! For the kidney disease we were guided to prescription foods and while it had benefits, it was not the panacea made out to be – and we seriously questioned the ‘nutritional value.’ Bless your heart!

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  12. That green mix looks good.
    Might make some tomorrow for the dogs

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    • Give it a whirl – it’s easy to make and when we do we often make an extra little jar to give to our friends, to help introduce them to the concept!

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    • Yes, kale seems to be a winner – we add it in our greens mix too!

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  13. Great topic I agree aging pets just like humans need more care

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    • Thanks for stopping by and reading my article!

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  14. I am at the moment trying a supplement on Layla who will be about 10 in January (not sure for definite being a rescue) of Tumeric and Ginger plus a second supplement of Royal Jelly

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    • I read about Layla’s supplements on your post – they sound great! Turmeric and ginger mix is great!

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    • Greens are so very important – to humans and animals, we love the concept of green smoothies all around! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Mr. N will not willingly eat greens so I guess it’s a good thing there’s some mixed in with his raw food.

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    • A lot of people find that their pups will eat a broken down mix of greens – and yes, wherever you can get them in, Mr. N will benefit greatly!

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  16. Hi Rebecca, thanks for a lovely article. Our dogs really are the furry heartbeat of the home. Although, our eight-year old lab-husky cross is ageing rather disgracefully today, after having a mad five minutes rolling around in the leaves and mud! We’re definitely going to give your super-food mix a try!

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    • Sounds like a great time! Hope you enjoy the greens mix!

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