“Pet Boomers”

“Pet Boomers”, dogs and cats in their middle age, are in a critical time of life when it comes to their health. If you can correct health problems at this age, you can usually solve the “old pet” issues later!

“Boomer Cats” face arthritis but kidney disease is number one in older cats! Blood work will detect the issue but it needs to be done before age 8. Much research is being done as to why cats have kidney disease at high rates but little is known for sure to date. If you detect kidney disease early, you can use oral treatments like Azodyl and Epakitin to slow down uremic build up which helps manage kidney disease. Used daily, you can ease the kidney's job of removing toxins from the blood. See our article entitled Old Cats for more information.

“Boomer Dogs” can have kidney disease as well but their biggest health issue is arthritis. As they age and get sore, they move less and therefore lose muscle mass in their legs and hips. Middle aged dogs start to get weak if nothing is done early enough to stop the cycle. You can take the edge off of the soreness with Doc Roy’s® ACHES AWAY . This will ease the pain of grinding joints, including spinal pain, which will help to keep them active. It takes 3-4 weeks to get to effect so do not give up too soon. You can delay the onset of arthritis and even improve the movement with the glucosamine chondroitin products, but not all are made the same. If you have tried them in the past and it did not work, don’t lose heart! Know that the source is everything with these nutra-pharmaceuticals and getting a quality source is not expensive. See Controlling Osteoarthritis in our Pets for more in-depth information.

Dogs have a tendency to become very comfortable on the floor in front of the fireplace in winter. It's important to take them out for short walks every day to keep them moving. Joints in motion stay in motion and that retains strength. Don't go on a marathon, just taking them around the block is enough to keep things working. It is good for the dog’s joints and our own as well.

Effective vitamin use is important. It is no secret the young, the moms, and the boomer pets benefit most from vitamin use. They not only require more, they tend to absorb less out of their diet. Getting it in a boomer cat is not so easy and you don’t want to fight with them daily! Doc Roy’s® FORTI CAL GEL is good for cats not for the calories, which is a plus, but for the vitamins. It also helps with hairball vomiting in boomer cats, though; if you have a long hair cat and hair ball issues, Doc Roy’s® HAIRBALL CONTROL is a better long term solution.

Giving cats a new product can be challenging. They need to be introduced as they have a natural distrust for taste they do not get regularly. This instinct protects them in the wild so they do not get poisoned but it can become frustrating when introducing something new. Start small and give them a chance to taste it on their own. Wipe a small amount on their paw and let them clean it off the first time or two before they accept it. (Put small amounts on the paw or you will find it on the ceiling!) After they accept it, it can be a treat or you can put it on the food bowl for them to consume at their leisure.

Hairballs are at times an issue in old cats, excess shedding is the cause! Vitamins are a big help as are fatty acids. Old cats with decreased appetite often lose ability to smell. Putting salmon oil on food helps with loss of appetite as it improves the ability to smell food. It also helps lube hair balls so they pass and fatty acids help correct excess shedding. Alaskan Salmon Oil, Grizzly Salmon Oil and Grizzly Pollock Oil are all effective. See article on Old Cats for direction.

Dull hair coats, excessive shedding or thin hair on boomer pets is not from age. These issues are easily corrected and are responsive to fatty acids, which may be lacking in their diet, or their absorption may have decreased with age. Doc Roy’s® DERMA COAT PLUS can correct these issues in your boomer dog and salmon oil helps boomer cats to eliminate their hair and coat issues. It takes approximately 6 weeks for the treatment to have effect so don’t stop supplementing too soon or you may never get the new coat in place. Once the coat is in, using fatty acids routinely is the solution.

Age is not the disease – correct the issues they are dealing with and they’ll keep making memories. Our boomer cats and dogs will age well if you identify the issues early and help them manage for a comfortable active life!

The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.

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