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Caring for senior dogs.

While many owners still lovingly refer to their dogs as “puppy” or “baby” at any age, we know each day together is another day that time progresses. As they mature and change, how we care for senior dogs changes, too. Help support their changing activity, health and nutritional needs with tailored vitamins and supplements for older dogs.

Senior dog

When is a dog a senior dog?

There’s no pre-set age that determines when your dog is a senior dog, although many dogs are considered seniors when they reach the last 25% of their projected lifespan. In general, smaller dog breeds live longer than larger dog breeds but genetics, diet, and overall care throughout your dog’s life play a role in how your dog ages. How your dog behaves is a larger indicator of their senior status.

Managing health concerns with senior dog supplements

Like people, aging dogs have different needs and considerations than their younger counterparts. Along with proper nutrition, exercise and veterinary care, adding supplements may help support the well being of your dog as he/she ages.

  • Joint and mobility health
  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Free radical damage
  • Skin and coat issues
  • Organ health
  • Cognitive health

Joint and mobility health

Joint and mobility health

Supplements that include glucosamine, green-lipped mussel, chondroitin and omega-3 fatty acids can support the structure and function of joints in dogs as they age. This includes maintaining healthy cartilage and connective tissue as well helping to relieve occasional joint stiffness and discomfort from daily activity.

Gastrointestinal health

Gastrointestinal health

Aging dogs can experience sensitive or upset stomachs and may let you know through vomiting, diarrhea or gas. Using probiotic supplements daily or in times of stress (such as separation anxiety) can help maintain a healthy balance of good gut bacteria and support proper digestion and bowel health.

Free radical damage

Free radical damage

Supplements featuring antioxidants can help reduce the damaging effects of free radicals and their buildup. Free radicals are rogue, reactive molecules created by everyday environmental stressors, poor diet and/or the aging process that directly damage the body's cells and tissues. Antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E plus minerals such as magnesium and zinc help neutralize them.

Skin and coat issues

Skin and coat issues

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements may support skin health and help aging dogs address dry skin and problems from skin-related allergies.

Supplements and senior dog care

Organ health

Aging dogs may need assistance maintaining organ health. Supplements that include Omega-3 fatty acids and/or Vitamins C, D and E can help support their brain, heart, eye, kidney and liver function.

Additional care for older dogs

Caring for a senior dog shouldn’t be intimidating. In addition to supplements, regular habits can help support your dog’s quality of life:

Supplements and senior dog care

  • Evaluate nutritional requirements and find a food that is designed for senior dogs
  • Encourage regular but controlled exercise
  • Maintain mental stimulation through interactions with you, other dogs, toys and their environment
  • Monitor your senior dog’s dental health and breath
  • Consider special accommodations such as orthopedic beds or raised feeding platforms to add comfort
  • Control parasites that might be able to take advantage of an older dog’s weakened immune system
  • Attend regular veterinary check-ups for preventive care, disease management and guidance

We can’t stop time, but we can help our dogs make the most of the time we have together. Continue to monitor your dog’s behaviors and look for signs and symptoms of discomfort, or lack of interest in favorite activities. Consult your veterinarian and develop a plan to continue to support your dog through nutritional supplements, environmental changes and wellness activities.

Trust. Quality. High Standards.

When it comes to your dog, it’s important to choose products you can trust. Look for the National Animal Supplement (NASC) Quality Seal when selecting supplements for your pet.

Formed in 2001, the NASC monitors animal health supplements through periodic reviews, inspections and product testing. Only companies that meet the standards set forth by NASC can display the NASC quality seal on their products.

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Bayer Products

  • Alenza

    Alenza® Soft Chews

    A supplement that contains naturally derived ingredients for active and aging dogs in an easy-to-give chew that helps dogs maintain ongoing, whole body comfort for multiple body systems.

    Alenza® Soft Chews

    Indicated for:

    Whole Body Comfort
    Whole Body Comfort
    Joints
    Joints

  • Free Form<sup>™</sup> Snip Tips for Dogs

    Free Form
    Snip Tips for Dogs

    A liquid-filled capsule with Omega-3 fatty acids to support joint, eye, cognitive, kidney and cardiovascular health.

    Free Form
    Snip Tips for Dogs

    Supports

    Joint Health
    Joint Health
    Cardio Health
    Cardio Health
    Cognitive Health
    Cognitive Health
    Eye Health
    Eye Health
    Kidney Health
    Kidney Health

  • Synovi G3

    Synovi G3® Soft Chews

    A daily soft chew for dogs to support joint function, flexibility and healthy cartilage.

    Synovi G3®
    Soft Chews

    Supports:

    Joints
    Joints