What all can a high-quality whole food supplement add when you’re feeding an older dog? Read on, as BioStar’s Kemosabe explains what K9 Optimum Senior did for his canine housemate!
Now, I’m not a senior dog…but I do live with one: a Yoda-esque Australian Shepherd named Spirit. He is 12 years old.
Last year Spirit started acting, well, curmudgeonly. I didn’t want to offend him, but finally I got up the nerve to say, “Hey, what’s goin’ on with you, Spirit?”
“I’m stressed,” he said.
“Stressed over what?”
“Stressed about this whole aging process. Heck, you’ll find out when you get my age and you can’t run as fast as you used to, and it takes longer for your muscles to recover when you’re trying to keep up with the youngsters — just like I can’t keep up with you. I can’t just spring off the bed or the couch like I used to. Getting old is not for sissy dogs.”
“Oh,” I said.
“It is what it is,” he said and closed his eyes.
About this time, our human, Tigger, started experimenting with a senior dog multi vitamin/mineral. We canines have always loved the equine Optimum bars, and have been known to steal them out of horse buckets at every opportunity.
She started experimenting with Spirit, giving him the plant Holy Basil, which is very good for reducing stress by helping reduce cortisol and supporting the circulatory and glandular body systems. She added some colostrum because it supports the immune system and cellular growth factors. Then she mixed these ingredients with some of the Equine Optimum, along with some probiotics and sea vegetables for added mineral support.
When Tigger added it to Spirit’s morning food the first day, he looked over at me and muttered, “You know this isn’t going to help. I’m just an ole’ dog.”
At first the changes in Spirit were subtle, probably only noticed by us fellow canines. But in a few weeks he was bouncier, and wagged his tail more often. And then he started making his Wookie sounds, and his WooWooWoos. Hadn’t heard him say WooWooWoo in a very long time. One day he actually body-slammed me when we both saw a squirrel and took chase. He was like the Spirit I knew when I was a puppy. Could just feeding an older dog with a senior supplement really do this?
A few weeks ago a hot air balloon flew over the farm. Before Spirit started feeling frisky again, he would have just looked up at that balloon and taken a nap. This time, he ran out into the pastures, barking and carrying on, and chased the balloon into the woods. When he came home he was strutting his stuff, saying, “Who’s the man? Yeah baby, got that demon away from the farm!”
I can’t say that BioStar’s Optimum Senior has turned Spirit into a young, buff dog like me. But it has given him a renewed interest in life — including playing with those of us of the younger generation, keeping those hot air balloons away, and bossing around the cats and horses.
Kemosabe is a three year old Australian shepherd who, when he’s not on the road with Tigger, likes to hang out at BioStar — taste-testing products and herding the FedEx delivery guys.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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