Tuesday October 13, 2015
When a beloved pet starts to show signs of age, from low energy, to difficulty getting up, to loss of vision and hearing, it’s devastating to feel that there’s nothing we can do. In reality, though, we have a lot of impact on aging pets’ quality of life and lifespan.
Here are our suggestions for giving complete mind/body care to an aging pet. Some things make a big difference, and others make a small difference, but all of them can extend your pets’ life by quality years, and maybe even bring back a little bit of that youthful spark.
Diet and Nutrition
As your pet ages, the fuel that keeps their bodies running becomes critical to good health. You may need to adjust the amount of food you give your pet, or the type of food, so that they maintain healthy weight and energy levels.
Here are a few additional considerations for holistic pet care:
Older pets sometimes need a little extra nutritional value in their diet, particularly micronutrients that may not be in their food.
We’ve given our farm dog Bhakti a supplement of Noni Fruit Leather every day of his life, and we’ve seen some incredible results. He still behaves like a puppy, even though it’s been a long time since he fit that description, and comes bounding up to us each day to eat his noni.
Noni contains vital micronutrients, including antioxidants, soluble/insoluble fiber, essential fatty acids, and countless other vitamins and minerals, which work together to promote good health.
Aging pets need extra consideration paid to their weight. An underweight dog or cat may not have enough muscle and fat stores to function normally. On the other hand, overweight pets put unnecessary strain on already stressed joints.
Blood Sugar Levels
Older pets often suffer from irregular blood sugar levels, and are prone to developing diabetes. Noni is excellent for helping maintain blood sugar levels that are already within a normal range.
Exercise and Fitness
Your pet may have started to slow down a little, but that just means it’s more important than ever to focus on their fitness. Your pet might not be able to handle runs or long hikes anymore, but it’s crucial to find a fitness regimen that works for them.
When your aging pet starts to slow down, it can be tempting to let them lie in peace. But this is actually one of the worst things you can do. Just as with people, nothing is worse for a pet than to sit still all day.
Mobility is a use-it-or-lose-it ability, and you want to keep your pet from losing mobility as long as possible. It’s crucial for maintaining muscle tone, healthy joints, and good energy levels.
If your pet is just in too much pain to exercise much, again, I can’t recommend Noni Fruit Leather strongly enough. Noni contains compounds that relieve inflammation, repair tissue, and increase energy levels, all naturally.
Nothing is sadder than watching a beloved pet become depressed. But there are lots of things you can do to help bring back that missing vitality! Exercise and play can help bring back that spark, but it may come down to diet. Humans and animals alike experience increased energy levels after a few weeks of taking noni regularly.
Massage isn’t just for humans—trust us, pets love it, especially as they age. It helps relieve sore muscles, but it also reminds them that you’re there and that you love them.
For particularly achy muscles, or skin irritations, try our organic Noni Lotion for pets. Noni fruit contains compounds that provide a healthy response to inflammation and soothe skin irritations.
Pets’ immune systems also start to slow down as they age, leaving them vulnerable to parasites and infection, as well as other diseases that come with old age. You can give their immune systems a hand by giving them a daily dose of Noni Fruit Leather.
The antioxidants in noni may help your pet’s cells continue to function normally as it ages. Many of our customers have reported incredible results from using noni internally and externally on their pets—check out the reviews of our Noni Fruit Leather for Pets to hear it directly from them!
When an elderly pet gets a skin irritation, they can have a really hard time recovering.
Try applying Noni Lotion topically to give your pets a fighting chance. Noni provides a healthy response to inflammation in the area and soothes the irritated skin. It also relieves pain and itching as it recovers, and is nontoxic to your pet—even if they lick some off!
Behavioral changes in pets tends to come on slowly, so that we sometimes don’t even notice them. Often, these are signs that something is wrong physically or mentally, especially as a pet ages.
Good holistic pet care, diet supplementation, and exercise can help with physical ailments, but your pet’s mind can be harder to access. Here are some ways to bring back that spark of playfulness, and to keep your pet’s mind active and thriving.
Keep playing with your pet as they age, at a level that’s appropriate for them. They might start preferring lower key activities, but it’s important to keep them engaged and interested in toys and the world around them.
Keep dementia at bay by challenging your pet’s mind with puzzles. In particular, puzzles with food or treats as a reward have the potential to keep a pet interested.
Keep Up Tricks and Training
When hearing or vision starts to go, it’s easy to let training go as well. This is such a shame, because doing tricks and following commands is one of the surest ways to keep your pet’s mind sharp. You just have to find ways to adapt to their needs!
If your pet’s vision is failing, try using more verbal cues. If hearing is the problem, try using a flashlight to get their attention, and challenge them to learn visual cues for their tricks.
It can seem impossible to turn back the clock for pets, especially since we can’t ask them what’s wrong or talk to them about their experience and needs. But by being attentive, diligent, and consistent, and by taking proactive steps to keep their health up, we can extend the lives of elderly pets by quality years!
What are your tricks for caring for elderly pets? Share in the comments!