Supplements are a multi billion dollar business for humans and also for canines.
Many products are no more than hype.
No supplement can compare to a drug. That's why Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) are used. (Because they work!)
With older canines, it's not the fact that they won't eat or don't ingest enough calories. The problem is, they don't absorb or digest enough from what they eat.
For these older canines, I believe that predigested supps are mandatory. There are a bunch out there.
The DogForte below is predigested and works very well on older canines.
Protein feeds Muscle. Older canines need Proteins they can absorb.
When you feed these proteins is as important as what you feed.
After a long walk or type of workout, your dog's body is a literal sponge. In a highly catabolic state it will soak up anything you give it!
You have 30min post workout to give your charge the power shake he-she needs.
Fast absorption via digestion, is of paramount importance at
this stage. So a liquid or powdered form of protein derived from hydrolyzed whey is the best logical supplement.
Whey in powder or liquid form takes an average of 20 minutes
to absorb, making this form of protein number one in the race for
A scoop of Whey Protein has around 25 grams of much needed Protein for your canine. It should be mixed with a transport of Dextrose and or Maltodextrin.
Before your older canine retires for the night a scoop of Casein Protein will digest slowly and feed their body throughout the night.
The use of AAS(Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids) in canines is certainly nothing new. Top greyhound Racing kennels have been using them for decades. The use of AAS have certainly not been limited to Greyhounds either.
No Steroid is a magic elixir. They are simply a tool that aids the Canine or human athlete in recovery, muscle building, and some like Equipoise, will increase the Red blood cell count and aid in the transport of oxygen as well as improve nutrient transport, making less food become more efficient.
You would really have to give crazy massive dosages, to cause damage to a Canine with a cycle of AAS. If done properly there shoud be no negative effects what so ever.
Just like humans, some Canines are better candidates for AAS, and their bodies respond better than others. Other variables come into play as well when thinking of using AAS. I would be much more apt to use AAS on a hard gainer, than I would an easy keeper who has difficulty losing fat and unhealthy weight.
I knew dog trainers of weight pull dogs, who would put a few Cheque drops on their charge's tongue right before Showtime. Cheque drops had no anabolic(muscle building) properties what so ever, but their androgenic(masculinizing) properties were off the charts.
The old discontinued "Cheque Drops" by Upjohn, is given to females to keep them from coming into season. Milberone(Cheque Drops) is still available at certain Vet Pharmacies and on the black market. A few drops under or on the tongue cause a androgenic rush and aggression. Carnation had a big contract with Upjohn to make a feed with the Cheque Drops already in it. This is a long read, but very informative and shows why Upjohn and Carnation could never pull off their feed. Word around the campfire is that Tyson took Milberone(Cheque Drops) before he bit Holyfields ear off.
In regards to canines with joint problems, I assure you that there is nothing on the planet that aids joints as well as Deca Durabolin (nandrolone decanoate). Deca works on two fronts as an androgen, which have well-documented effects on
corticosteroids, and as a progestin to reduce inflammation. Some DVM's use Deca to treat canines with renal failure.
The outstanding NCAA Heavy Weight Champion Wrestler and MMA Fighter, Mark Kerr, put it best when he said,"Steroids will not make you crazy if the tendency isn't there already, just as they won't make you a great athlete if you aren't already.
If you're already Great, they will make you Greater.