As our dogs get older, they need extra nutritional supplements and vitamins to help them stay healthy and active. Older dogs tend to have compromised immune systems, and are more prone to infections and other health issues.
*It’s important to note that a veterinarian should be involved in your decision to add natural supplements and how they’re administered.
Not every older dog needs a nutritional supplement or extra vitamins/nutrients.
If your golden oldie is active, happy, in good general health and eating a premium dog food (or a well-balanced homemade diet) then chances are he’s getting everything he needs.
But, if your old dog suffers from any minor, chronic (or even serious) health conditions, dog supplements could:
- Relieve some symptoms
- Improve overall immune health (which helps his body handle stress/illness)
- Provide a higher level of certain beneficial nutrients
Use one or two herbs in a month, and then switch to the next two herbs the following month.
- Burdock root/Dandelion: Burdock and dandelion are effective in supporting the digestive system and in stimulating liver function.
- Nettle: Nettle is a tonic which provides gentle support to the whole aging body.
- Parsley: A tea of parsley leaf (or dandelion leaf) can be added to our aging dogs’ water to help strengthen the mucuous membranes in the urinary tract.
- Astragalus: Astragalus is an old Chinese herb and has been for a long time used as a general tonic that supports the immune system. Use this herb to strengthen your older dog’s resistance to stress. Another tonic herb with similar properties is echinacea.