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What are the best treats for older dogs?

What are the best treats for older dogs?

Our senior dogs deserve to be treated like royalty in their twilight years and what better way than to give them the best treats.

Find out what treats are good for your senior dog and the different goodies available that are beneficial to their health.

 

Old dog sleeping

How do I know what are the best treats for older dogs? Well, Luxury Dog Hampers was created so I could care for my senior dog Bailey.


I spent a lot of time researching natural supplements that would help his health and mobility and that’s when I discovered some amazing treats that had lots of good stuff in them. I thought this would be a more enriching way to give him the vitamins and minerals he needs, much nicer for him than taking tablets.


Bailey the inspiration for luxury dog hampers

Shameless plug/sob story!



Bailey is no longer with me but in his memory, and because I have a soft spot for senior dogs, I’ve created a charity hamper packed full of gorgeous goodies and all profits from sales are donated to the Oldies Club.

The Oldies Club is a registered charity that helps dog rescue centres find homes for older dogs overlooked in favour of adopting a young dog. Some senior dogs who are not suitable to be adopted live out their years in long term foster homes where they can spend however long they have left being cared for and knowing love.

Oldies Club charity fundraising hamper for dogs

Some of my favourite brands of healthy dog treats that are fantastic for senior dogs are:

  • Green & Wilds
  • Jr Pet Products
  • Sea Treats

I’m sure they’re lots of other brands, but these are the ones that I have personally given to my dogs and recommend. They all sell items that contain ingredients that are supportive of your senior dog's health and wellbeing.

7 Ingredients to look for include, but not an exhaustive list:

  • Turmeric (even better if it’s combined with black pepper which aids digestion)
  • Spirulina
  • Seaweed
  • Dandelion
  • Nettle
  • Rosehip

Turmeric


Turmeric is amazing for joints because of its anti-inflammatory properties, making it a fantastic choice for arthritic dogs.

I give turmeric daily to my Newfoundland dog to help prevent joint issues in the future. Arthur doesn’t mind a squirt of Turmeric paste on his breakfast and dinner, but I also give him Sea Treats Fish Cake Bites with Turmeric which is packed full of crunchy goodness.


Spirulina


Usually bought in a tablet or powder, Spirulina has anti-inflammatory properties, but it also helps with preventing and easing allergies and improving gut health as well as being packed full of healthy vitamins.

The powder is a bit messy and will turn the chops of your white dog green! I find it so much more convenient to give a treat with added Spirulina. The Green & Wilds Seaweed Snacks have a small amount of Spirulina in.


Seaweed


Seaweed is great for adding iodine to your dog's diet which trials have shown great results in anti-cancer properties. It also contains anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.

You would need to check with your vet first if giving as a supplement as some types of seaweed contain a larger amount of iodine than others, and if your dog has thyroid issues, the outcome of feeding seaweed is unknown. The good news is that treats only contain a small amount of seaweed and are unlikely to cause harm.  


Dandelion


This ‘weed’ causes so many headaches for gardeners, but did you know it is one of the most amazing things your dog can eat? Not only do they grow in abundance, but they help support liver function which will help senior dogs.

Dandelion has diuretic properties, and the root is good for helping the liver to flush out any toxins from your dog. Studies have also shown dandelion is suitable for diabetic dogs because of its insulin-like properties.

 Dog sniffing a Dandelion



Nettle


Nettle can be beneficial to several health conditions in dogs. As they get older, they can experience changes in their skin and coat and Nettle is good for maintaining both. Made into a liquid form, it can be applied directly to your dog to help their skin and coat.

 It’s also known for age digestion and relieving arthritis. If you don’t want the faff of picking nettle, I mean, it’s painful, right? It can be purchased as a supplement, or just find treats that contain it.


Rosehip


It wasn’t until Bailey was in his final years and struggling with his mobility that HE discovered rose hips. He began to self-select it and pick up rose hips to eat that had fallen from a neighbouring property.

It wasn't until I Googled ‘are rose hips safe for my dog to eat that I discovered it was good for dogs immune systems and had been shown to alleviate joint pain.

Think it was this that led me to research other natural remedies for dogs.


If you want to find out more about natural remedies for dogs, I highly recommend checking out some Caroline Ingram books and watching some Zoopharmacognosy clips on YouTube.

 

If you’re not ready to figure out how to add these things into your senior dogs' diet, it’s definitely worth giving them treats that contain a small amount of the items above. You can easily do this by buying treats containing the ingredients. Click here to see what’s in my Oldies Hamper and if you decide to purchase, all profits are donated to the Oldies Club and you’ll be helping an oldie in need.

Karen Rhodes blog bio for Luxury Dog Hampers

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