Dr Doolittle’s Nourish & Repair Elixir
Herbal combination of:
Urtica dioica folia
Dr Doolittle’s Nourish, Repair and Recover Elixir is specifically formulated with dogs in mind who are not as energetic as they could be (or used to be!), elderly dogs, dogs who may need support and are weak or debilitated, either due to:
Chronic and degenerative illness which is taking its toll
Recovery from injury, surgery or an acute illness/ accident
Degenerative and inflammatory illness especially in elderly dogs i.e. arthritis, dementia, loss of vision or hearing, poor/ sensitive digestion, delayed responses
Poor immunity, slow healing wounds, slow recovery after surgery/ procedures, recurring infections
Physically and nutritionally depleted states and whenever antioxidants, vitamins, minerals are required i.e. after a long term illness or trauma to nourish the body
Beneficial before and after all vaccinations to restore vitality
For any stressful event where the dog struggles to recover
After exposure to anything that places a burden of the body and speeds the aging process i.e. conventional drugs, frequent antibiotic use, radiation, medical procedures where anesthetic has been used, history of processed food, dietary inadequacies
Any inflammatory illness ie.spondylosis, invertebral disc disease, inflammatory bowel disease
Tonic, cleansing, enhances detoxification by supporting the functions of the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, bladder and immune systems, improves and regulates appetite and digestion, gently stimulates circulation, diuretic, nutritive: natural plant source of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, antioxidants, and enzymes, strengthening to spleen and pancreas, gentle immune booster, antidepressant, nervous system tonic,
Raises vitality and enthusiasm and promotes a positive recovery from illness
Imparts determination and encouragement in the face of set backs
Restores hope and positive outlook
The Aging Dog
Aging is a natural process that is gradual and inevitable. When dogs reach a certain age they experience certain changes in both body and mind. Age is relative, but according to a recent study, 80% of dogs are classified as geriatric at the age of 7 due to tissue and organ degeneration! As to when the signs of old age begin to show in a dog will vary according to;
The general state of health, a dog with a past history of good health will more likely not suffer symptoms of old age til later.
Breed of dog; certain breeds may live longer than others i.e. Great Dane compared to Chihuahua
Common Problems Elderly Dogs Suffer
We can help our dog tremendously by just being empathetic and aware that as time goes on their needs will vary...
Increased display of fear, insecurity, anxiety or confusion. This can occur after a traumatic experience such as surgery. As dog’s age and their health weakens, they may have to face frequent visits to the vet or go thru procedures, which are all frightening incidences. Due to increasing anxiety, these ‘oldies’ physical health may start declining and this contributes to their inability to resist illness.
In a multi-
A great sense of vulnerability as his physical power decreases.
Helpful Tips for Care of the Elderly Dog
Older dogs are wonderful to have around-
Elevate his food and water bowls, to lessen the strain on his neck and spine
Maintain or consider beginning regular chiropractic and/or acupuncture sessions, in addition to regular vet check ups
Do not overfeed; regular gentle exercise is important in maintaining his weight, to ease pressure on aging joints and keeping him mobile.
As dogs age their digestive system doesn’t work as efficiently as it used to, so the food you many be feeding isn’t broken down as well or absorbed. Consider adding appropriate supplements to his food i.e. digestive enzymes, which help his aging system better break down and utilize nutrients in his food. A common sign that your dog would benefit from enzymes is if you notice him eat more grass!
Have your dogs teeth cleaned on a regular basis to minimize teeth and mouth diseases. Bacteria that build up can cause heart disease
Give only filtered water to your aging dog to lessen the kidneys burden of filtering yet another chemical i.e. chlorine, lead, etc.
Be alert to your older dog’s refusal to eat, which may happen occasionally. If illness is ruled out by the vet, this could be an indicator to change his diet. Remember, dogs are more sensitive to seasonal changes!
You may notice your elderly dog becomes more dependent on you; he may experience more aches and pains, or prefer to be in a quiet environment. Be sensitive to his changing needs and make sure he has a quiet resting place he can retreat to and be undisturbed. Providing him with a safe environment is very important. A heavily padded cushion/ bed are great to support his bones and ensure restful sleep.