Five Supplements for Senior Dogs Part 4 of 5

(Even though this article is written with dogs in mind, Vitamin C can be very beneficial for cats as well).  

As your dog ages, their body starts to fail. They won’t get as much nutrition out of his food. Their liver won’t be able to push out as many toxins. And their brain will begin to slow down. That’s why senior dogs need a boost as they age. It helps them to get what they need to live a healthy and comfortable life. 

So, let’s look at 5 important supplements you should consider giving your senior dog.

Prebiotics and Probiotics
Digestive Enzymes
Vitamin C
Omega 3 Fats

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is another important antioxidant. You probably already know that it’s an important factor in immunity. It’s why so many of us take it during cold and flu season. But vitamin C also helps grow tissue, form calcium and iron and support the adrenal gland, which produces hormones. 

Unlike you, your dog can produce his own vitamin C. But like digestive enzymes, as he gets older production slows. This means your senior dog will need this important vitamin supplemented into his diet as he ages. 

How To Add Vitamin C To Your Dog’s Diet 

Natural whole food sources of vitamins and minerals are the best choice for dogs. Blueberries are rich in vitamin C, which is another great reason to feed them to your dog. Broccoli is also a great choice for adding vitamin C to your dog’s dish. I would lightly cook it or grind it up to put in his food. 

We also carry an Ester-C Powder by Wholistic Pet Organics for both Dogs and Cats. 

Helps to aid in:
Healthy immune system and response
Allergy relief
Joint and bone health

Next and final week of this series, we’ll talk about Omega 3 fats.
Disclaimer –  Kristina McLeskey is not a Veterinarian. These are just general guidelines. If you have any concerns about your pet’s health, please see your veterinarian.