Exit Search

    Welcome to our Healing Store

    Please select your default location to optimize your browsing experience.

    Select your location to take advantage of direct shipping and best prices.

    Enter Healing Store IMPORTANT: You must ensure that your country selection and your mailing address match for orders to be shipped.

    Where are you?*

    Show Pricing *Select your location for faster direct shipping.

    Customer Reviews Leave a review

    X

    We are humbled, thrilled and grateful!

    Getting such positive feedback (4.9 out of 5 stars), in the age of the internet and online presence is not easy. We work hard to deliver top quality products, provide superb customer service, and strive to exceed your expectations on all levels. Our work is our passion and it was born out of a love for dogs. While we put our heart and soul into helping you to create healthy and long lives for your dogs, we are humbled and very grateful for such an overwhelmingly positive response to our natural products, learning materials and courses.

    Filter Reviews
    All Products
    • GreenMin
    • GutSense
    • SoulFood
    • Skin Spray
    • Gentle Leash
    • FeelGood Omega
    • HairQ Test
    • FleaHex Step 1 + 2
    • FleaHex Step 1
    • FleaHex Step 2
    • TickHex
    • Perfect Fit Harness
    • LiverTune
    All Star Ratings
    • (397)
    • (24)
    • (5)
    • (0)
    • (0)

    Perfect Fit Harness

    Harness Builder

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    19 reviews

    View Details
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    Gentle Leash

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    51 reviews

    View Details
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    Dr. Dobias Skin Spray

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    67 reviews

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    Livertune Supplement

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    1 reviews

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    HairQ Test

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    15 reviews

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    SoulFood

    CERTIFIED ORGANIC MULTIVITAMIN

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    70 reviews

    Certified organic, naturally fermented multi-vitamin and organ support. Gentle on the stomach, good for all dogs from puppies to seniors.

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    GutSense

    CERTIFIED ORGANIC PROBIOTICS FOR DOGS

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    71 reviews

    Certified organic, all-natural, non-dairy pre and probiotic formulated with canine-specific strains. Supports healthy digestion, bowel movement and immune system function.

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    FeelGood Omega

    Pure & Sustainable Omega-3 Oil

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    30 reviews

    A pure, sustainable Omega-3 (EFA) calamari oil. Tested toxin and heavy metal free.

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    GreenMin

    ALL NATURAL MINERAL SUPERFOOD

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    102 reviews

    All-natural, plant-based mineral and amino acid-rich green superfood for dogs to refuel and energize your dog's body.

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    FleaHex Steps 1 + 2

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    15 reviews

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    Fleahex® Step 1

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    15 reviews

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    FleaHex® Step 2

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    15 reviews

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    TickHex® Spray

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    15 reviews

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    Get in touch with our customer service team

    We are here to help anytime of the day with any of your questions. You can get in touch with us below or by visiting our customer service page.

    This is a cart update message
    • Canada
    • USA & International
    Supplements

    Fab 4 - Four natural essentials to keep your dog healthy.

    GreenMin

    Minerals / Amino Acids
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    69 Reviews

    GreenMin is an all natural, plant based mineral and amino acid-rich, green superfood for dogs.

    Details Add to Cart

    SoulFood

    Superfood
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    69 Reviews

    SoulFood is a certified organic multi-vitamin & organ health support for dogs.

    Details Add to Cart

    GutSense

    Probiotics
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    69 Reviews

    Our certified organic probiotic that supports healthy digestion and immune system function.

    Details Add to Cart

    FeelGood

    Omega Oil
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    69 Reviews

    A sustainably sourced Omega-3 oil. Micro filtered, tested toxin and heavy metal free.

    Details Add to Cart
    Featured Product

    LiverTune

    Liver Support
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    69 Reviews

    Carefully formulated to support your canine friend’s liver, eliminate heavy metals and toxins for optimal health and longevity.

    Details Add to Cart
    PeterDobias.com / Blog / supplements & diet

    10 steps to keeping your senior dog happy and mobile

    By Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

    Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. His love of dogs and passion for natural healing and nutrition led him to writing, teaching and helping people create health naturally, without drugs, chemicals and processed food.



    How to keep your senior dog off harmful anti-inflammatory drugs



    Living with dogs comes with much joy, but also the responsibility of keeping them healthy, happy and comfortable for years to come. By following some tried and true methods, you can make a huge difference in your senior best friend's quality of life. 

    While we have to accept aging, we don’t need to watch our dogs live a life of discomfort and pain, or suffer from drug side effects.

    At what age is a dog considered a senior?

     

     

    I’m often asked this question, and before I give you an answer, I’d like to share the story of my friend Betty Jean.

    I met Betty Jean at our local community recreation center. She is always busy, working out, socializing with others, with a big smile on her face. I sometimes run into her on the street when she is out walking. Her gait is energized and balanced.

    Betty Jean is a marathon runner. The last marathon she ran was in the scorching heat of tropical Honolulu last fall. Betty Jean is 86 years young. She's living proof that age is relative and the same applies to senior dogs.

    The most frequent question I get from dog lovers is about how to keep a senior dog mobile. That’s why I decided to share this 10 step plan to extend the years of your senior dog’s good mobility and happiness.

    Aging is natural. However, this doesn’t mean stiffness and pain must be part of your senior dog’s life. Just like Betty Jean, your dog may be the fit and spry 86-year-old marathon runner, who has the gait and spark of a middle-aged pooch!

    Just read on to learn how.

    What is the difference between stiffness and arthritis?

    Before you learn how to keep your dog mobile, it is important to know the difference between stiffness and arthritis.

    The main reason many dog lovers and veterinarians don't clearly distinguish between an arthritic and a stiff dog is that, on the outside, they look the same. 

    Arthritis is more chronic and much more difficult to treat. Stiffness is much milder but more common in dogs. When people are told that their dog is arthritic, they often feel that the only solution is anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers.

    Arthritis is the Latin term for joint inflammation and is often caused by wrong diet, toxicity, trauma, excessive strain and nutritional deficiencies. An arthritic dog's joints may be narrower, with a loss of cartilage, signs of inflammation, swelling and calcification called osteophytes.

    Stiffness and tightness are caused by muscle shortening that can also be related to the wrong diet, toxicity, deficiencies, too much intense exercise, injuries or lack of stretching. Stiff dogs often have perfectly normal joints, even though on the outside they look no different from dogs with arthritis. They are slow, weak and have difficulty getting up and moving.

    10 steps to improve your dog’s mobility without drugs and chemicals

    1. Diet change 

    Have you ever wondered what would happen if you fueled your gasoline powered car with diesel? The answer is it would stop running. Like your car, dogs also need the right fuel. The canine digestive system is designed to digest a raw, species-appropriate diet. Even if the kibble label lists the best organic ingredients, it can’t be as nourishing as fresh or cooked wholesome food - meat, raw bones and vegetables.

    2. Regular detox

    If your dog is already on a species-appropriate raw or cooked diet, the next step is to detox. To get a clearer idea of your dog’s condition, I suggest using a hair analysis test for minerals and heavy metals, then cleanse your dog’s liver by using a herbal product, such as LiverTune, for six weeks and repeat this cleanse every six months. I suggest you start the first cleanse when your dog is 12 months old.

    3. Give essential supplements

    Good muscle and joint function are largely dependent on strength and smooth function. Similar to machines that can’t work without the right parts, muscles and joints can’t function properly without nutrients – the essential building blocks. Without magnesium, manganese, calcium, selenium, iron and other elements, muscles and joints are much more prone to injuries and tightness. They also need vitamins, omega oils and a good probiotic to recover from the ongoing workload.

    Unfortunately, based on the results of thousands of HairQ tests, even the most organic foods are depleted of nutrients because of the disruption of the natural cycle of nutrients from the field to animals and then back to the field.

    Also, not all supplements are equal and most people don't realize a vast majority of vitamins on the market are made of crude oil and coal. Go for whole-food based vitamins and organic supplements whenever possible and avoid products made in China.

    4. Joint and muscle-specific supplements

    Most people pay special attention to joint building supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin, and while I agree they are important, they will not make as much difference as a proper diet and essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, probiotics and omega oils.

    There’s a certain hierarchy of nutrients in nature and without the essentials, the body can’t be healthy no matter how many glucosamine, chondroitin and other more advanced mobility supplements you give. In other words, mobility supplements are complementary to the essentials.

    The best supplements are those that are whole food sourced. However, I strongly suggest using sustainable natural sources and, on principle, I strongly disagree with using shark cartilage supplements.

    Currently, we are developing an advanced mobility and joint support product for dogs.

    5. The power of turmeric

    In recent years, dog lovers and holistic veterinarians have been turning to turmeric – a superfood root that is the yellow spice that makes Indian curry yellow. Turmeric is clinically tested as an anti-inflammatory substance and its active ingredients act on the same receptors as conventional NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). I’ve been using turmeric-based supplements for several years now, and while I haven’t seen any side effects, I use them in moderation and only as needed. I currently use a product called Zyflamend.

    6. Promote energy flow

    The canine body is an energy system that’s made of organs, which are made of cells that are made of molecules. Ultimately, the body is composed of small energy particles such as protons, neutrons and electrons. If you go even deeper, these particles are composed of light, which is photon vibration.

    Free, harmonious flow of energy in the body results in good health, a youthful appearance and improved mobility. Stagnation of energy results in accelerated aging, stiffness and immobility.

    I recommend your dog receives regular adjustments/treatments by a chiropractor or physical therapist and is massaged weekly or bi-weekly as needed.

    Find practitioners in your area and give it about one to two months before evaluating the results of their work. Be picky, ask your friends for referrals and protect your dog from people who like to boast about their skills, but don’t seem to deliver results.

    Sometimes things get worse before they get better, but if there’s any worsening, it should be short-lived, followed by a clear and gradual improvement. If your dog continues to worsen, it's possible that the technique used is not the correct one for your dog.

    7. Establish the right level of exercise

    I find there are two kinds of dog guardians. The ones who over-exercise because they worry their dog will get weak and those who under-exercise because they worry about injuring their senior dog.

    Some activities, such as high intensity sprinting, jumping or ball and frisbee chasing, can lead to strain and injuries. Ideally, you should walk or jog with your dog twice a day and vary your activity. Do some endurance, some cardio and occasionally push your dog slightly beyond his or her comfort zone to maintain stamina.

    If you have the benefit of working with a canine rehabilitation expert, I propose you book a consultation and develop a plan to keep your dog’s body strong and balanced.

    8. Hydrotherapy and swimming

    While swimming or underwater treadmill exercise can be very beneficial in maintaining mobility, dogs who swim too much can develop lumbar-sacral and shoulder tightness. Tight shoulders often lead to mid-thoracic spine congestion, which is energetically related to the function of the lungs and heart. 

    Dog swimmers often scratch their 'armpits' because of the tightness of the triceps muscles used in swimming. This may surprise you, but these dogs are probably not itchy. They use their foot to try to relieve the muscle tightness. If you observe this in your dog, he may be overdoing his water exercise. 

    On the other hand, swimming can be beneficial especially under the guidance of an experienced rehabilitation expert.

    9. Manage these common symptoms 

    The difficulty getting up and hind end trembling are two of the most common symptoms of muscle weakness and back pain. Many dogs are stiff and tight in their lumbar area because pretty much every dog slips, slides and injures their back at some point in their life. The lumbar spine also supplies nerve, blood and energy flow to the hind legs. Many dogs who have difficulty getting up also appear to have inflammation and injuries in the caudal (rear) portion of the thoracic spine. 

    Most of the injuries mentioned above remain mostly undetected and the consequences are hind end weakness, leg trembling, intervertebral disease, spondylosis (a form of spinal arthritis) and ataxia (hind end incoordination). Applying all the above steps will reduce the chances of seeing such symptoms.

    10. Avoid pharmaceutical drugs whenever possible

    Every time I talk to dog guardians who are more conventionally minded, I’m puzzled by their perception of drugs. Many people still believe in a 'take this pill for this problem' approach to medicine, ignoring the possibility of side effects, which frequently happens!

    Most holistic practitioners work hard to minimize the use of pharmaceutical drugs and there’s a lot of reasons why. Drugs are, in principle, foreign chemical substances that alter the body’s functions. While they suppress the disease symptoms, they also cause a 'drug-disease' – also known as side effects.

    For example, NSAIDs for joint pain, muscle injuries and muscle stiffness are known to cause kidney failure, liver disease and stomach ulceration. It’s true NSAIDs appear to give dogs relief, but the improvement comes with a hefty price. NSAIDs block a healthy healing response of joint and muscles, which leads to more severe and faster joint and muscle deterioration and immobility. I would never give my dog NSAIDs. There are many natural remedies that can help reduce pain and inflammation.

    A few more words

    As you can see, the topic of senior dog care is endless. It can be overwhelming to care for a senior dog, especially when important decisions must be made. However, the core of their care is relatively simple: feed your dog natural food, include high-quality supplements to correct nutrient depletion in food, exercise your dog with care and have your dog regularly assessed by a chiropractor or physiotherapist and a massage therapist.

    As your dog ages, make sure he or she continues to socialize and connect with other dogs and people. While senior dogs may not be able to romp in the park like puppies, most of them love watching the action sitting on a knoll in a park or in front of a coffee shop. They love to be social and they suffer from being alone. Inactivity leads to depression and weakness and this applies to dogs as much as humans.

    Living with dogs comes with much joy, but for most of us, it’s emotional to see our beloved dogs age. While we have to accept aging as a normal process, we don’t need to settle for watching our dogs living a life of discomfort and pain, or suffering from the side effects of drugs. The above methods are well proven and can make a huge difference in the life of your best friend.

    P.S. - Thank you for sharing this article with those you care about! 

    Another article of interest: How to keep your older dog natural, flexible, happy and fit

    © Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

    Product Reference

    Items referenced in this article.

    Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. He graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 in the Czech Republic and obtained the Canadian Certificate of Qualification in 1995. He is currently licensed in the European Union, and his unique approach to healing and nutrition helps holistically minded dog lovers worldwide.

    Dr. Dobias strongly believes that disease prevention, natural nutrition and supplements, the right exercise and a drug free approach to medicine can add years to your dog's life.

    As a formulator of his all-natural vitamin and supplement line and co-inventor of natural, chemical free flea and tick control, FleaHex® and TickHex® his unique healing system and products currently hold the highest independent five star customer rating. For more information click here.

    Any general recommendations that Dr. Dobias makes are not a substitute for the appropriate veterinary care and are for informational and educational purposes only.

    Receive Weekly Holistic Healing Tips and News

    *We say no to spam!

    By clicking "Continue" or continuing to use our site, you acknowledge that you accept our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. We also use cookies to provide you with the best possible experience on our website. You can find out more about the cookies we use and learn how to manage them here. Feel free to check out our policies anytime for more information.

    Continue

    YOU'VE JUST EARNED A FREE GIFT!

    You qualify for a Free Herbal Skin Spray, would you like to add it to your cart?

    Yes PleaseNo Thanks