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Caring for Your Senior Pet’s Health Naturally

Caring for Your Senior Pet’s Health Naturally

Caring for your senior pet's health

We are all getting older, including our pets. And just like humans, dogs and cats are prone to a number of medical problems as they get older. With diet, supplements, and extra care, many conditions can be prevented, delayed, or managed, for the best possible quality of life for your pet throughout the senior years. Here are a few of the health issues you may run into as your pet ages, and some things you can do treat them naturally:


Many older pets eventually develop arthritis. You might see your pet “slowing down,” or “a little stiff,” and some even have sleep disturbances because they just can’t get comfortable.  This may be a sign of joint disease. If your pet has extra weight, it can make arthritis worse, so a good weight loss program is needed. A high protein diet helps protect lean muscle mass while shedding fat. Proper weight and moderate exercise are the keys to comfort.

There are joint protectors and anti-inflammatories that can help, and they include glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane); all of which can be added to wet food. Other herbs and minerals may also be helpful. Antioxidants provide good anti-inflammatory action and pain relief. It may take 3-5 weeks for improvement to be noticeable.

Slower Digestive System

As pets get older they experience a decreased ability to digest and metabolize protein and fat that occurs with age. Older pets need better quality protein. Wet foods are ideal for older cats and dogs such as food in cans or pouches, as well as frozen raw diets. These foods are easier to digest, and much more palatable. By adding digestive enzymes and probiotics will help your pet get the most nutrition from food.

Kidney Disease

Our pet’s kidneys have a lot of responsibility, and they work hard 24/7. Over time, the cells die and get replaced by scar tissue. When 75% of kidney function is irreversibly lost, signs of kidney disease occur.

You may hear from friends and even from vets that protein is bad for the kidneys. But dietary protein has nothing to do with the development of kidney disease in dogs or cats. In fact, it is recommended that older pets without pre-existing kidney disease, should eat canned food or other high protein, high moisture diets.

Antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil or cod liver oil) are proven to be highly beneficial for pets with kidney disease. There is new evidence that probiotics can also be helpful. There are also specific kidney support products available.

Dental Disease

Proper teeth care in senior pets Australian shepherd with toothbrush

Dental Disease is one of the most common problems that vets see in dogs and cats. It often begins by the tender age of 3 – and just gets worse from there! Many dogs and cats are quiet or stoic about pain, and problems such as abscessed teeth or oral tumors can be missed. It is recommended to take your older pet in for a thorough checkup twice a year instead of just once. Try to brush your pet’s teeth at home, or use one of the products that help minimize plaque.


Half of dogs over age 10 will develop cancer, the most frightening disease of all. At its most basic, cancer is the result of immune system failure which is the result of poor diet, over-vaccination, genetics, and environmental factors. Keeping your pet’s immune system in peak condition is fundamental to good health overall, but given the role it may play in so many degenerative diseases, including cancer, is just good sense. Besides exercise, fresh air, and great nutrition, there are supplements especially designed for immune support.

Our pets are getting older, but with diet, supplements, and extra care, many conditions can be prevented, delayed, or managed, for the best possible quality of life for your pet.

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Pets Are People Too!

pets are people too

We love them, in fact many of us can’t live without them.  They’re cute, cuddly and trusted companions…not to mention beloved members of the family.  Pets are people too!

Yet, as hard as all of us try to protect our dogs, cats and other pets from germs and many other potential threats to their health, we cannot always do so.  After all, pets have a way of sticking their noses into everything.  And many times they can ingest foreign materials that can be hazardous to their bodies.

Our product called Max Immune Forte is the result of our working with veterinarians to formulate a special supplement….made specifically for pets…that provides natural immediate immune support, improved intestinal balance and supports long-term pet health.

Max Immune Forte contains a specially formulated blend of Del-Immune V, probiotic formulation, colostrum, Beta Glucan Powder and whey protein powder that brings the same immune support to your pet as it does to you!  First-milking colostrum, the immune supporting magic found in mother’s milk, modulates and improves the immune system.  What’s more, whey protein powder is a readily digestible protein supplement that has many immune boosting properties.Max Immune Forte


Pets are people too not to mention beloved members of the family! Choose our natural pet health care products for fast acting natural immune support.

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Improving Your Pet’s Health Naturally

Owning a Pet Improves Your Health, Why Not Return the Favor?

By owning a pet, it can decrease depression, anxiety and stress, it can lower your blood pressure, improve your immunity and even decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke. One study from Loyola University found that people who use pet therapy when recovering from surgery may need significantly less pain meds than people who did not have pet therapy. People that have pets are less harried, and there is more laughter in their life.

Since pets are beloved family members and living a healthy lifestyle is something your pets will benefit from too, enjoy these all natural pet remedies to help your pets live healthier happier lives.

  1. Cats are naturally prone to bladder and urethra issues. If yours is so, unsweetened cranberry juice to the rescue. Cranberry increases urine acidity resulting in a reduced chance of blockages or infections. You can add cranberry powder to food, or cranberry juice to the water, or give your cat a cranberry capsule. Ask your vet about proper dosages.    Cats are naturally prone to bladder and urethra issues.
  2. Use Epsom Salt for Sprains and Strains – If your dog is limping, they may have strained or sprained something playing too hard. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a warm bath and let your dog soak for five minutes. You can also soak a washcloth in warm water mixed with Epsom Salt and apply to affected area.                                                                                      Use Epsom Salt for Dog Sprains and Strains
  3. If your dog is suffering from hot spots or irritation on the face it could be due to their food or water bowl. Plastic can harbor bacteria and be irritating to the skin.  Also make sure to wash their bowls thoroughly once a week.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Dog face
  4. Keep the flea population down in your yard with nematode worms which are available at garden shops and pet stores. They like to eat flea larva.  By keeping them in the garden it can help keep flea populations controlled.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Keep the flea population down in your yard
  5. If your pet’s skin is itching, try using baby oatmeal or fine grind your own and add a little water to make a paste. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. If your pet’s skin is itching, try using baby oatmeal
  6. Pet stress can be caused by many things, such as being separated from owners, a change in diet, coping with other animals (or humans), or changes in routines. Poor nutrition and infections also contribute. Stress can be tough on non-complaining pets. Just like humans, our pets experience immune issues caused by stress in their lives. While human reactions to stress may be obvious, immune system problems for our pets are much subtler. But according to Dr. Steven Sanderlin, DMV, when a pet is under stress, immune support is one of the FIRST areas of their health to be affected. Pet Stress Relief™ is an excellent supplement for tuning up your pet’s health, immune function and providing ongoing support against illness and disease.   Pet Stress pet stress relief
  7. Protect your dog’s health from unnatural chemicals by making your own dog shampoo. When you make your own, you know what’s in it, that it’s made with love not to mention cost effective.  Some of the basic ingredients in dog shampoo are castile soap, lavender essential oil to combat fleas, coconut oil and rosemary for moisture and distilled white vinegar to remove smells.  WARNING: avoid penny-royal and tea tree oils as they can be harmful to dogs.                                                                                                                                                making your own dog shampoo
  8. Calming your cat. Catnip may sound a little crazy since it’s known to rile up Mad Max but after he hangs from the ceiling and races around the room at mock speed he will be worn out and calm. Valerian is an herb that mimics catnip except that after the hyper kitty calms down, he may also fall asleep.  This herb has also been used for humans as a remedy for insomnia.  Dried Chamomile acts on the same parts of the brain and nervous system as anti-anxiety drugs do. It promotes relaxation and reduces stress. Dried form of herbs is safest for kitty use. To prevent her from eating the leaves and flowers, put them inside of a tube collar or make a tiny toy “pillow” with the herbs inside. Kitty will still benefit from the relaxing qualities and be kept safe from ingesting them. Please remember that teas are best left to humans whose systems are more tolerant of steeped herbs and essential oils should never be used on cats due to their liver functioning, which makes it difficult (if not impossible) to break down the compounds and can lead to serious illness or death. Calming your cat with Catnip
  9. Just like people, pets on antibiotics may have stomach problems as the medication wipes out beneficial bacteria as well as the sinister ones. Pets need wholesome intestinal flora to thrive and maintain a healthy digestive and immune system. A well-balanced intestinal tract can optimize an animal’s vigor at any stage of life. Supporting a pet’s bowel health is a significant way to protect him or her from numerous health issues related to imbalances of normal intestinal flora. Try Pet Max Immune Forte, a Five-Way Natural Immune Support for Improved Intestinal Balance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       max immune forte