Aging affects all organs in the body, including the brain. It physiologically changes as our pet ages — it becomes smaller and lighter, often with a slightly reduced blood flow. Not every dog’s brain ages in the same way, though. There are significant changes in a senior dog’s brain that are developing cognitive dysfunction.
With over 90% of dog owners relying on commercial food to feed their canine companions, a steady diet that never changes has become the norm. Under the influence of a multi-billion dollar pet food industry, we’ve slowly adopted the belief that regularly switching up our dog’s food is unsafe. A steady commercial diet that never changes, we’ve been told, is the safest option.
An incredible amount of research supports the benefits of fasting. Different types of fasting were studied in connection to various diseases, organs, and health outcomes. There is a red thread connecting all of this research, a common point where all the studies eventually meet: delaying the aging process.
If you’ve ever spent some time looking at the dog food nutrition label on your dog’s favorite kibble, you’ve no doubt noticed a long list of added nutrients near the bottom. This may have gotten you wondering why these vitamins and minerals have to be added to dog food. More importantly, you may be wondering …
If prescription diets for dogs aren’t actually prescriptions, should you listen to your vet when they recommend them? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at veterinary diets to determine what about them is beneficial, what is dangerous, and how you can better support your ailing dog’s health through nutrition.
The results showed dogs fed the standard diet had more yearly veterinarian visits on average, and their owners reported gastrointestinal, mobility, and behavioral issues at higher rates than owners feeding the alternative two diets. The most commonly reported health issue among the dogs in the study that were fed the commercial diet was gastrointestinal trouble, followed by problems with bones and muscles.