As our dog’s get older and enter their senior years, it’s more important than ever that we support them, as their joints can become stiff and in need of a little extra TLC to ensure they can still live active, pain-free lives. In this blog, we’re sharing our top tips for caring for senior dogs with joint issues, including the use of our all-natural supplements, as well as catching up with one of our Broadreach Nature Ambassadors, Sid, a beautiful Border Terrier who uses a range of our products to help with joint health and more. So first, let’s catch up with Kayleigh, Sid’s owner, and his progress so far… Sid is a 12-year old Border Terrier who lives in Scotland with his lovely owner, Kayleigh. An active dog, Sid loves nothing more than being immersed in nature, whether it’s hiking, camping or enjoying a morning run on the beach. For a dog who lives such an active lifestyle, it was very important for Kayleigh that she found a suitable joint care supplement so that Sid could carry on living his senior year enjoying freedom and adventures! Sid has been taking our Advanced Joint Care for almost one year and we thought it would be a great time to catch up with Kayleigh and see how Sid is getting on… “Hi, I’m Kayleigh, Sid’s owner – I’ve had Sid since he was 7 1/2 weeks old and he’s now 12! He is the most important thing in my life and that’s why keeping him strong and supple as he ages is a priority for me. We love exploring and adventuring around Scotland, which is why it’s important to keep his joints strong and flexible. We also camp in our rooftop tent, hike and Sid loves to swim! Just over a year ago Sid was noticeably stiff in the mornings and was reluctant on his first walk of the day. After introducing the Advanced Joint Care chewable tablets to Sid’s diet I have seen a considerable improvement and I wouldn’t be without them now. I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence but recently Sid and I visited family and I forgot his supplements and he was much slower than usual and even developed a limp after napping for a while, now we are back home and back on his tablets and the limp has completely disappeared! I use a pestle and mortar to grind the tablet to a fine powder and mix it in with his wet food. I’m really grateful that I’ve found something that works and that enables us to carry on adventuring in my boys senior years. We have also used the itchy skin supplements and the itchy skin foam as Sid suffers with seasonal allergies and I have found both soothe his skin. I would wholeheartedly recommend Broadreach Nature!” This is wonderful news and we’re so pleased that Sid is able to continue his adventures around Scotland, even in his senior years, thanks to our all-natural joint supplements! What are the best joint supplements for senior dogs? It’s not just our 5-star rated Advanced Joint Care chews that we offer. Whilst this product is working wonders for the lovely Sid, we have an extensive range of other joint supplements including another chewable tablet and liquids. Organic Turmeric & Bioprene – these sprinkle capsules have been designed to support joint care but also digestion, cardiovascular, and liver function thanks to the natural anti-inflammatory properties. Omega EFA Advanced Oil – our Omega oil is another great wellness supplement that targets not only joints but skin and coat too. Keep your pup feeling happy and healthy! GLM Joint Care for Dogs – our GLM (Green Lipped Mussel) Joint Care can be given daily, long term, for dog’s who suffer from achy, stiff and less mobile joints. Formulated with all-natural ingredients this supplement offers a more concentrated formula. Top tips for caring for your senior dog’s joint issues Of course, a joint supplement is an incredibly important part of joint care for senior dogs, but there are other ways you can help to make life more comfortable for your best friend… Morning Walkies – it’s important that your dog’s joints are supported in order to keep them active throughout their senior years. If your dog gains weight, this can add extra pressure to their joints so it’s something you definitely want to avoid. Keep up their regular walks but maybe reduce the pace or length of the walk as, on the flip side, you also don’t want to over-exercise them as this can cause issues too. Wrap up warm – the winter months can be particularly tough for senior dogs, especially when the temperature drops and it’s time for their morning walk! The damp can really aggravate joints so it’s important to ensure they are kept cosy with a snuggly fleece and/or coat. This is key for short-hair breeds who will struggle more than long-haired breeds with much more fluff fur. Diet Check – as our dog’s get older it’s important that they’re receiving all of the vitamins, minerals and protein that they need for a happy and healthy life. A good quality dog food is key as this will not only keep joints in tip-top condition but their tummies, skin and coat healthy too. Comfort is key – our dogs deserve the best, invest in a quality, orthopaedic dog bed that will support their joints and provide the comfort they need for relaxing in front of the fire. Make sure your dog’s bed is also kept in a warm part of the house so they don’t get too cold when the temperature drops at night. We hope you’ve found these tips useful. If you are looking for more advice, don’t forget all Broadreach members have access to free veterinary advice 24/7, and ff you have any questions about any of our products, you can also contact us by calling 01223 855857 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.