Anti-Aging For Our Four-Legged Friends

Your four-legged friends do so much for you. They provide you with unconditional love, companionship and endless hours of entertainment. With all that they do to take care of you, it’s only fair to make sure you do everything you can for their well-being. Your dog or cat may not have to worry about crow’s feet and smile lines, but they do have some specific concerns when it comes to aging. Help your pet age gracefully with the following anti-aging tips for your four-legged friend.

Dog in a dog park

Exercise
Being active is just as important to healthy aging in your pets as it is to your own health. Try to take your dog for a daily walk, even just a quick 10-minute stroll helps to keep your dog healthy and active. If you have outdoor cats, they’re probably getting some good exercise on their own running and chasing other animals, but if you have indoor cats it can be a different story. One thing that cats love to do is climb, so providing them with play structures that allow them to climb, hide and scratch gives your cat plenty of opportunities to get exercise while doing what comes naturally to them.

Cat eating food.

Diet
Dogs and cats require proper nutrition to live a healthy life just as you do. One of the most beneficial things you can do when it comes to your pet’s diet is to go grain-free. Grain promotes inflammation in the body, which really aggravates your pet’s joints, especially if they are aging. A grain-free food will help to prevent inflammation from occurring, keeping your pet’s joints healthy and allowing them to be active. It is also important to note that you should also eliminate corn for your pet’s diet because corn is highly fattening and is high on the glycemic index.

Every pet owner loves to spoil and pamper their pets from time to time, but to help your pet age in a healthy manner, be sure you’re providing them with treats that benefit their health. If you want to feed your dog some human food for a special snack, go with pet-safe vegetables like celery, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and baked sweet potatoes. Additionally, spices can be a way to pamper your pet. Cinnamon and turmeric are two spices that pets tend to enjoy and they can be added to their food or you can bake a pet-friendly treat that includes these spices.

Dental checkup for a dog

Dental Hygiene
Your dog or cat’s oral health is a significant factor in their overall well-being, particularly as they begin to age. If you’ve struggled to get your dog or cat to cooperate when you brush their teeth in the past, a trick that might help you is to use coconut oil. There are several benefits to using coconut oil to care for your dog’s teeth. First, it makes the task way more enjoyable for both you and your pet because they love the sweet taste of coconut oil, which means less fighting and wrestling around with them while you brush their teeth. Coconut oil also has natural antibacterial properties and helps to freshen your pet’s breath.

Woman petting her cat.

Love and Support
Health damage due to stress isn’t limited to humans, animals feel this pain as well. One of the most important things you can do for your pet throughout their lifetime, but especially as they age, is to make sure that your pet receives love and attention from you. Spend as much quality time as possible with your pets because when your pet feels secure and loved, his/her immune response actually gets a boost. If you have a particularly high-strung cat or dog, consider putting a few drops of Bach Rescue Remedy for pets in their water bowl. This natural blend of flower essences will help soothe and calm an anxiety-ridden animal. Your pet is a part of your family, and just like your significant other or children, they want and need your love and attention.

In addition to these anti-aging techniques for dogs and cats, it’s important to remember to get them annual check-ups and to make sure they are always current on vaccines. Taking the time to care for your aging pet doesn’t just help them to feel better, it can make you feel more secure that you’re doing your absolute best as a pet-owner to ensure a long, healthy and happy life for your four-legged friend.

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