Senior Dog Brain Power!
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help your aging dog maintain good mental function for as long as possible, and delay the onset and progression of cognitive decline.
- The foundation for good health and vitality for pets of any age is a nutritionally balanced meat-based diet made from whole, fresh, organic, non-GMO ingredients suitable for your carnivorous dog.
- Your pet's diet should also include an abundance of omega-3 essential fats, such as krill oil, which are critical for cognitive health.
- Keep your dog's body and mind active with regular age-appropriate physical activity and mental stimulation (puzzles and treat-release toys can be beneficial). Senior and geriatric dogs need daily exercise to maintain good health and a resilient frame.
- I also recommend massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and/or activities like water exercise to help maintain muscle tone and balance, and alleviate joint pain.
- Make sure your dog has opportunities to socialize with other pets and people.
- Provide your dog with a SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine) supplement as a safe and effective way to stall or improve mental decline. Consult your holistic or integrative veterinarian about dosing.
- Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older pets. Coconut oil is a rich source of MCTs. I recommend 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily for basic MCT support.
- Other supplements to consider are jellyfish extracts,2 resveratrol (Japanese knotweed), which protects against free radical damage and beta-amyloid deposits, ginkgo biloba, gotu kola, and phosphatidylserine — a nutritional supplement that can inhibit age-related cognitive deficits. Again, you should consult your holistic veterinarian for dosing guidance.
- Keep your dog at a healthy size — overweight pets are at significant increased risk for disease as they age.
- Maintain your pet's dental health.
Excerpted from 13 Telling Signs Your Dog Is Suffering From Doggie Dementia by Dr. Karen Becker. Check out the full article for lots more information!
End of the Leash on the road!!
Did you make it to Hart Park last weekend to see the End of the Leash Express at Bark 'n Brew? You can also find us at Fromm Petfest September 24th!
Mukwonago Nail Clinic THIS Saturday!
Nails by Jamie (formerly Nails to Tails) will be at our Mukwonago store on Saturday, September 3rd, from 10am-2pm. No appointment necessary. Nails will be done on a first come, first served basis. Cost is $10 per dog.
Communicate with your animal in a whole new way
Animal Communicator Carolee Biddle of Animal Connections will be back in our Mukwonago store on Saturday, September 10th from 11am-1pm.
The cost is $50 for a 20-minute session. To schedule your appointment, please call us at 262-363-3338.
Curious about animal communication? Want to learn more? Visit Carolee's website at www.animal-connections.com for insight on this intimate, effective tool you can use to bond with your animal companion and communicate with them in a whole new way! You can also visit her Facebook page.
"Animals are more than just our companions. They can be our teachers. We should always show them gratitude and respect. And if we can learn to live as they do—from the heart—the world can experience true peace and serenity."
Holistic Consultations and Spinal Manipulations with Dr. Witte
Dr. Deanna Witte of Witte's Natural Veterinary Care will be visiting our Mukwonago store on Wednesday, September 14th & 28th, for consultations, cold laser therapy and/or spinal manipulations for your pet. Consultations include discussion of holistic options regarding nutrition, supplements and essential oils. Appointments are for 20 minutes and include both consultation and adjustment. Call 262-736-1212 to schedule an appointment at our Mukwonago store.
HAWS Pets of the Week
The lucky family that adopts one of the pets featured here on our blog will receive a coupon from HAWS good for a “congratulations” gift bag from End of the Leash!
To learn more about how to adopt through HAWS, please visit their adoption page. You may also give them a call at 262.542.8851.
Labor Day Store Hours
Both our Mukwonago and Pewaukee stores will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 5th. We will reopen at 9am Tuesday morning, September 6th.
Enjoy the holiday weekend!
Your Friends at End of the Leash
Please remember that us folks at End of the Leash are not veterinarians and no information on our website is intended to replace the indispensable and professional advice of your veterinarian.