Supplements. Many pet owners often overlook, or underestimate, the need for quality supplementation in young dogs. Just as you would want to ensure that your child has proper nutrition to grow strong and reach his or her full physical and mental potential, the same holds true for your pets. After all, you wouldn’t think that proper nutrition is important only when your child is sick, right?
Most puppies tend to reach maturity between the ages of one and two years. While large and giant breed dogs mature more quickly, age seven is generally accepted as the age at which dogs become “seniors”. Signs of dog aging can be difficult to spot, as they tend to occur slowly, but the aging process begins once a dog hits maturity. Even though an older dog may appear to be in peak health, their internal clock, like ours, continues to tick away, taking its toll on your pets’ health before you know what’s going on.
Longevity research shows that organic diets and proper nutritional supplementation can slow the aging process and significantly extend your dog’s healthy years. Longevity is attributed to 70% lifestyle and 30% genetics. The overwhelming majority (90%) of diseases in dogs can be associated with the degenerative process that occurs as your dog ages. By starting your pup or young dog on proper anti-aging supplementation early, you can help him delay the aging process that we must all go through eventually.
Preliminary results of an 11-year lifetime study of PAAWS vitamin product shows an increase in life expectancy by up to 30% – that correlates to three to four additional healthy years for your dog. Small dogs (those less than 35 pounds at maturity) were still shown to be thriving at age 24, and large dogs (those over 80 pounds at maturity) were still going strong at 18 years of age.
Supplementing your pet’s healthy diet with critical nutrients on a daily basis is the first step in a successful longevity program. When choosing a longevity supplement for your dog, be sure the product is specifically formulated for dogs based on breed size, made in the United States, backed by clinical trials, and the company producing the supplement should have a qualified veterinarian on staff to answer questions. Be sure the product lists each ingredient, the amount of each nutrient, and most importantly, the source from which each nutrient was derived.
Talk to your veterinarian about the benefits of a pro-active versus a reactive care plan for your pet. Pro-active plans are geared to optimize health by preventing, retarding, and/or reversing unwanted aging changes. By helping your pet avoid aging for an extended time, he will be around for many more years to thank you.