Dogs are not immune to the ravages of old age. Just like humans, dogs suffer from stiff joints, arthritis, dementia, and other age-related health problems. You can’t prevent the natural aging process slowing your canine friend down, but you can ease his passage into old age with a range of carefully targeted supplements for dogs.

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Not all supplements for senior dogs are equal. Some work better than others and a few are nothing more than an attractively packaged placebo. The dog supplement market is big business and there are many manufacturers out there seeking to cash in on pet owners’ desire to help their furry friend be more comfortable in old age. The following list of recommended dog supplements is not exhaustive, but all of them offer good results.

Probiotics

Antibiotics, stress, and bouts of illness all take their toll on a dog’s immune system. A healthy level of gut flora is essential for a fully functioning immune system. As a dog ages, his immune system will be compromised if the level of bad bacteria in his gut exceeds good bacteria.

The right diet is essential, so always feed a senior dog good quality food designed for senior dogs. In addition, add probiotics to his food to increase the good bacteria in his gut. This, in turn, will prevent digestive problems and ensure your dog’s immune system is working at full throttle.

Glucosamine-Chondroitin Sulfate

A 2007 study published in the Veterinary Journal concluded that dogs treated with glucosamine-chondroitin sulfate experienced less joint pain after 70 days. They were also more mobile following treatment, so if your dog is suffering from arthritis, it is worth adding glucosamine-chondroitin sulfate to their diet.

EVA

EVA comes from elk velvet antlers. Premier elk antler is a natural substance harvested from renewable sources. Elk velvet antlers are rich in glucosamine, so giving EVA to your dog helps to repair his joints and cartilage structures. EVA supplements also contain hyaluronic acid, which helps to lubricate the joints. You can purchase EVA as a liquid, powder, or even a tasty chew.

Fish Oils

Fish oil supplements can help to reduce inflammation in joints. Inflammation causes all kinds of health problems in senior dogs, including joint pain and immune system dysfunction. Giving a dog fish oil supplements will also give your dog a healthy looking, shiny coat.

Consult Your Vet before Giving Supplements to a Dog

It is always a good idea to consult your vet before you begin giving supplements to your senior dog, especially if he is on existing medication. Just because a company says its products are safe and effective, it does not mean their marketing claims are true. Your vet should be up to speed on the latest research and be able to vouch for the efficacy of a particular supplement, or at the very least, warn you if it is dangerous.

Be careful when starting a new course of supplements. Begin at a low dose and watch out for any side effects.

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