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Any recommendations for dog brands food for very old dog? I did some research and it says you need to be feeding diet that helps kidney and the heart
Just not sure as don't trust reviews on amazon .
 

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there is no food that hurts healthy kidneys unless the dog is in renal failure. Older dogs need more protein than younger ones to maintain muscle mass. nearly twice as much. Older dogs are very likely to suffer cognitive decline. Purina Bright eyes is proven to help the thing is the major change in this food than the regular is the addition of MCT oil You can accomplish the same thing by adding a tablespoon of coconut oil or 1/2 tablespoon of MCT oil to the dog food. I also supplement with omega 3 oil at least 1000 mg per day/



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" MCT supplementation or exercise improved memory performance in AD patients by providing the brain with ketone bodies as an alternative energy source (21, 22). Our study showed that dietary MCT was able to improve learning, memory and executive function in senior dogs (23). These data indicate that ketone bodies may play an important role in supporting brain function by serving as an energy source in both humans and dogs.

MCT and BPB enhance cognitive function with different mechanisms of action, therefore we hypothesized that a combination of MCT and BPB would deliver synergistic beneficial effects on cognitive function in dogs with CDS. Since cerebral glucose metabolism is significantly lower in old AD patients compared to age-matched healthy old subjects (19), we increased dietary MCT from the 5.5% level to 6.5% or 9% so that more energy could be available to compensate for the marked reduction in cerebral glucose metabolism in dogs with CDS."



What we feed our senior dogs that are not a homemade raw diet to limit carbohydrates as an anticancer diet, IS what we feed all our dogs Pro Plan Sport 30/20 30% protein 20% fat supplemented with omega3 oil and coconut oil as above.
 

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Yes we give that already.but were thinking to add fine crushed egg shell as is nutrition and abrasive cleans teeth too..coconut is good for bacteria in the mouth give it after they eat and not in food.Asking vet on Monday about the following..ginko biloba tumeric oregano and aloe vera and glucosamine and chrondtoitin msm as you can give all this but best ask vet dosage.He don't have kidney problem and is just I read kidneys is usualy what finishes.an old dog of ..that or heart goes.
 

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tumeric is a BLOOD THINNER . so depending on other issues and medication you do not want the dog to take it of instance if the dog is getting an Nsaid for pain

The evidence for glucosamine et. al in large independent trials is non-existent on small trial done by manufactures the risk of use is basically nil

ginko has shown some behavioral improvement in elderly dogs with minimal side effects

evidence for Oregano oil in dogs other than treating yeast infection in ear is basically non existent

aloe vera has been show when applied directly to teeth with a green tea extract or added to drinking water to delay build up of calculus after a teeth cleaning, there is nothing to say it held in situations where there is already a calculus build up.

If you and the dog are comfortable with it is is possible to remove calculus from the teeth above the gum line yourself by scraping but given your description of the dog at the vet it is not likely something that could be done safely.

 

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We have apmnt Monday am going to get him do health check to ask risk in surgery aneasthetic etc so we know what the calculated risk ie ie if he say 50/50 then think will ask about pain meds and antibiotics..but if he say 75/25 then that's a risk worth taking. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT :) It is amazing to have someone like you on here ..thakyou very much very appreciate the time and effort you put in to help.
 
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