Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids benefit your pet's brain because 60% of the brain is fat. The cell membranes of all nerve cells, and the myelin sheaths that wrap around and insulate the nerves, contain a high percentage of fat. Omega 3 fatty acids provide the materials that produce healthy nerve cells and have been proven to positively influence mood, behavior, and learning. The best sources of Omega 3 fatty acids are flax (in Be Well for Dogs and Be Well for Cats), and fish oils, such as Nordic Naturals Omega-3-Pet (for dogs) and Nordic Naturals Pet Cod Liver Oil. Supplementing with Be Well or fish oils helps your pet's nerves regenerate and behavior to become more normal.
Flower Essence Pet Medications
A calming medication made from flower essences is Be Serene. The drops can be given in your pet's mouth, put into your pet's water bowl, misted into the room, or misted onto your pet. Be Serene has a light, positive effect and is safe to give to pets with aging kidneys or livers.
Homeopathic Pet Medications
An anti-anxiety homeopathic medication is HomeoPet Anxiety Relief. The drops can be placed into your pet's mouth, or put into your pet's water bowl. As with the flower essences, homeopathic medications have a light, positive effect and are safe to give to pets with aging kidneys or livers.
Calming herbs include Composure Liquid MAX and beef-flavored Quiet Moments tablets (for dogs). Composure is sweet and milky-flavored and many pets enjoy the taste. Composure and Quiet Moments contain different ingredients and some pets will benefit from one more than the other.
Pheromones are chemical messages that alter behavior. Humans do not smell the pheromones in Comfort Zone for Dogs or in Comfort Zone for Cats but these pheromones have a calming effect on pets. The D.A.P. pheromone can help make your dog feel as though he or she is back in the nest box with his or her mother; and the feliway pheromone can help make your cat feel comfortable and at peace like when he or she is rubbing against your leg.
Pet Medications to Strengthen the Aging Liver and Brain
Non-prescription medications that target your pet's aging brain and the liver include Cholodin, Marin for Dogs, Marin for Cats, and Denosyl. One of the liver's jobs is to control the proteins circulating in the blood. As the liver ages, it allows proteins into circulation that are detrimental to the brain. Cholodin, Marin, and Denosyl help the brain, in part, because they promote liver cell health. As an additional benefit, Denosyl also increases mobility in pets with arthritis.
Combining Supplements for Your Aging Pet
Work with your veterinarian to choose the best supplements for your senior pet. In general, pets can be given homeopathic medications, flower essence medications, fatty acids, and pheromones without interfering with any other medication they receive.