My take on 'eating the rainbow'! These all-natural homemade dog treats are not only made with human grade all natural ingredients but they're dyed using only beets, spirulina, turmeric and raw goat milk as food coloring. Made with gelatin which is good for a whole host of things, and is an amazing and important supplement to give to epileptic dogs. The primary amino acid in gelatin is glycine which is known to protect against seizures and brain damage. Others reasons to feed your pups gelatin are; joint protection and pain, improving gut and digestion, skin health, improving cognitive abilities and many more. Here's how to make Bone-Os:
Your dogs will love them!
It’s not easy watching our beloved ones get old, but here are three helpful tips to keep in mind to help make their world a better place.
Tip #1: Use it or loose it
As someone who has started their health journey in the fitness field, I know more than anyone how true this statement is. Same goes for our pets! Exercise is the best thing for them, especially as they get older, of course after modifying the intensity to match their needs, they will thrive with appropriate exercise. Regular exercise will help keep muscle, mobility and flexibility and let’s not forget the most important muscle of all- the heart! Yes, exercise will even benefit their cardiac muscle, not just skeletal. When taking your older fur kid for a walk, I would advise not to walk on really hard surfaces such as pavements as that will be really tough on their feet (paws) and joints. When trying to exercise your cat get toys (or a piece of string) that will get their attention so they can chase it around and get their heart rate up.
Tip #2: Moist Food
If your pet has been on dry food their whole life now is a better time than ever to start moistening their food. It will help them break it down better thus assimilating more nutrients while making it easy on their digestive tract.
Supplementing is key for each individual needs but here are some suggestions that every senior pet can benefit from across the board.
Here are three reasons why:
When apprehensive of what supplement is right for your furry family member, ask your vet or animal wellness expert which ones are best to give.
When they give us unconditional love (or cold glances if you’re a cat owner!), the least we can do is give them good health!
Well, depends. For those who don’t know, curcumin constitutes about 2% of the turmeric root, it is what gives curry that bright yellow colour. Turmeric is a Rhizome and belongs to the ginger family.
Turmeric is one of the most vastly studied herbs on the market, with over 3000 research articles and counting!
With all the wonderful proven benefits it is claimed to have, such as; supports joints, digestion, liver health and more, it is generally taken and used for as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief however, not all the curcumins on the market are created equal.
Turmeric as a spice is great to cook with, but it is rapidly broken down in the body, so getting any pain relief with only using Turmeric is not effective, plus you would need to consume a lot of it, and the same goes for your pet. Now Curcumin, which is found 2% in Turmeric is the active anti-inflammatory component. However, curcumin is also broken down fairly quickly in the body and is also poorly absorbed.
What you want to look for when shopping for a good supplement both for you and your pet is free-form curcumin.
Because of the particle reduction and the bound unique tri-lipid blend, this form of curcumin does not get rapidly broken down, in fact, as the name suggests, it is free to stay in the body and do its job once it is absorbed into the small intestine. The difference is that once it goes into the small intestine, most supplements after that get excreted by the liver and out it goes. Free-form does not get excreted, rather gets taken up through the lipid metabolism via the lymphatic system and from there reaches inflamed tissues where it can do its work, end THEN goes to the liver because all good things must come to an end. This form is also free to cross the blood brain barrier, once it does that it is free to do its miraculous job by preventing and reducing plaque on the brain which leads to cognitive decline and disease.
I myself take this form and because knowledge is power, so do my four-legged kids. No one likes to live with pain, and I am personally thrilled that there are more natural options for pain relief to choose from.
I hope you and your pets will find this article useful!
Lucy is an avid pet mom; with dogs, cats, goats and horses to keep her busy! All of her pet 'kids' are fed a species appropriate diet with proper supplementation so she can watch them thrive. Her expertise and experience lie in nutraceutical supplementation and is a health advocate for proper diet and nutrition. Her other passions in life are schutzhund and equestrian riding.