Chronic inflammation is now believed to be one of the major root causes of common signs of aging, including joint degeneration, heart trouble, declining mental alertness, and even cancer. Turmeric contains a powerful natural anti-inflammatory called curcumin. When added to your dog’s daily diet, it can help prevent a whole host of problems. Add ⅛ teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily.
Coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties that assist in keeping your dog’s skin and coat healthy while improving digestion and reducing allergic reactions. In addition to being taken orally (most dogs love the taste!), coconut oil can also be applied directly to the skin and coat to make it softer and healthier.
The good bacteria in probiotics are key to a healthy gut, which is the basis of good overall health! Probiotics inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria like E. Coli and Salmonella, and help keep your dog’s digestive system function in top form. As a bonus, it may also improve stinky breath and reduce smelly gas!
Healthy cartilage produces glucosamine naturally, but the body’s glucosamine production rate slows with age, which contributes to painful arthritis. Adding a glucosamine supplement to your dog’s diet helps to restore joint health by improving lubrication and reducing inflammation.
Fish oil is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, something that dogs need, but cannot produce naturally. Many dog owners already use fish oil to help with joint function and to get a shinier coat, but it has also been shown to help with cardiovascular disorders, cognitive function, and allergies.
** Be sure to do your research and consult your veterinarian before trying any supplement, and give your dog only the recommended amount—too much of a good thing can end up hurting instead of helping.
By Jennifer Yau, ModernDogMagazine.com