Senior Dogs 101: Supplementing For Longevity!

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I know I’ve been mentioning Ru’s age a lot more than usual, but I guess that’s because I want to stay aware of what this next phase of life will bring. I’m lucky that as of right now, I have an incredibly vibrant and healthy old man. Rufus shows no outward signs of achy joints, cloudy eyes, or hearing loss. His coat is still beautiful and shiny and he’s fairly active. Besides his ongoing issues with his gums (which are all genetic and mostly pain-free for him), he’s a healthy guy . A healthy, salt-and-pepper senior dude.

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He just really loves his naps. Like..a lot.

It’s important to stay proactive about your older dog’s health, even when everything seems to be going pretty freaking well. That’s how we keep things on the up-and-up, right?

I experiment a lot with what I give Rufus and always keep a close eye on any changes I see. There have been a few duds in the supplementation department, but here are a few that I continue to use and love:

Turmeric

I started giving Rufus turmeric after his dental scare last year to help fight some of the inflammation. It’s helped a little in that department, but like I said, it’s an uphill battle. HOWEVER! Supplementing with turmeric has proven to help in a lot of other ways. Turmeric can aid in relieving arthritic pain as well as any gastrointestinal issues. Not to mention this little plant can be cancer-fighting as well! We juice semi-regularly in this household, so sometimes I have turmeric root on hand but mostly supplement both of our diets with turmeric powder I buy in bulk online. Like I said before, Rufus doesn’t seem to be having joint issues yet but he is a tad slower getting up after a long snooze, so I figure it can’t hurt.

Raw Feeding

Ru’s diet isn’t 100% raw, but we’re leaning more and more towards that way of living as he gets older. His food digests so well, his poops are tiny, and he absolutely loves it! Yep. This vegan feeds her dog a 50% raw food diet in the form of freeze dried mixes and frozen patties thanks to Honest Kitchen and Stella and Chewy’s. The Honest Kitchen isn’t so bad because it’s dry fish and a ton of veggies, but the patties kind of make me wanna barf. The things we do for our pets…

Coconut oil

Another supplement the whole family shares. Coconut oil is great for dogs (and humans) and helps keep their coats shiny, their guts happy, and their brains functioning healthily. Rufus goes crazy for coconut oil as well – he loves his fats! It’s also great on toast with some coconut sugar and cinnamon for us humans. Just FYI.

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Blurry but on the go!

Those are just a few of the supplements I give to Rufus to keep him happy and healthy. All of them are fairly affordable, especially since I only supplement with the raw food as of right now. I’m really happy with the results I’ve seen in the long term, so I thought it was worth sharing with all of you out there fighting the good fight. We can’t stop our pups from getting older, but we can certainly keep their quality of life from diminishing for as long as possible.

What supplements do you use for your dogs? Any tips on how to make a 100% raw diet more affordable? And maybe even less disgusting…ahem.

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Companies We Love | The Honest Kitchen

Generally speaking, we are big fans of Honest Kitchen in this household. They are a non-nonsense brand that emphasizes using fresh, clean ingredients.

I’ve been feeding Rufus their dehydrated dog food line off and on for years now. But since it can be a bit pricey, I try my hardest to make a 4lb. box last for as long as possible by supplementing it with his everyday dry kibble.

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He’s constantly getting compliments on his soft and shiny coat, and I can’t help but think a lot of it has to do with all the good stuff Honest Kitchen packs into their formulas.

I'm so fancy.

I’m so fancy.

Oh, and bonus! The treats they offer are just as wholesome.

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Simple ingredients that I can pronounce are a must for both me and my pup.

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Yep, we are both big fans of this wonderful little big company.

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And in case you haven’t caught on by now, these product reviews will never be taste tested accurately because this dude gets equally excited for anything and everything resembling food. If there’s ever a treat he DOESN’T devour, then I will be sure to let you know. But until then….enjoy yet another photo of Ru getting all excited about his noms.

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Have you tried any of their products? What key ingredients do you keep an eye out for when it comes to feeding your pooch?

*Thanks to Chewy for the treats and thanks to Honest Kitchen for being super rad.