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Many believe at the age of 7 pets become seniors, that however can be a myth. Most dogs become senior when they start acting senior which can be shown by the following symptoms: slowing down, becoming stiff, or gaining weight. Sometimes we do not see these signs until our dog is older than the age of 7.
When we notice these signs in our pet, we often think of switching them to a senior diet which is not completely necessary. Some senior diets contain lower calories and joint supplements added diet the food. Instead of changing foods you can start reducing feeding amounts if the dog is gaining weight after all it is just about regulating calories if someone is losing or gaining weight. Take a look at our own lives, Grandpa does not have any special meat prepared for his meals but he may eat smaller portions. If we notice the dog is becoming stiff, sore or is hesitant to do stairs, then adding a joint supplement into the diet is very common. Most people have heard that senior diets have joint supplements in the formula which may help improve their joint mobility but we need to look at the levels of the supplement included. The joint supplement levels are provided in mg/kg which means you have to feed 1kg to get the dose indicated. Many diets have levels of glucosamine around 500mg/kg that would require you to feed 1 kilogram (or 2.2lbs) of food in one day to get the 500 mg dosage. Therefore it is more efficient and beneficial to the pet to supplement a powder into their regular food to give a sufficient dosage which will help your pet with its joint problems.
We suggest adding in one of the many supplements that we carry which are pure and natural products. We carry joint supplements that have been scientifically proven to support the regeneration of damaged joint cartilage and joint fluid. A lot of the time, you only need to add in about an 1/8th of a teaspoon for the pet to get the recommended dosage, which is more cost effective, and allows the pet to start feeling better faster. Normally the cost of adding the supplement in separately only costs around $3-5 a month.