food -- prime importance as the qualtiy either contributes to health or the opposite , robs health.
your dog's coat is coarse -- th dog has no energy , she behaves and probably is depressed .
food -- did you look at the ingredients ?
3588 kcal/kg 369 kcal/cup
Chicken, Ground Whole Grain Corn, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal (Source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Ground Whole Grain Barley, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Dried Brewers Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Caramel Color, Salt, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Fructooligosaccharides, Choline Chloride, Carrots, Tomatoes, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, DL-Methionine, Green Peas, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide), Beta-Carotene, Dried Apple Pomace, Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplemet, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), L-Carnitine, Dried Blueberry Pomace, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid.
qualtiy protein ? Seniors need high quality , readily digestible and absorbable protein .
This is an abundance of grains . Yikes.
I would switch to a better food.
I would provide OMEGA 3 - essential fatty acids , which the dog is lacking . This will effect mood and enegy
and cellular energy.
I would give probiotics , for the mind gut connection, immune health, and for vitamin production - the B's . botin, folate and B 12 -- which are necessary to extract energy from carbohydrates and your dog is getting a LOT
B 12 particularly important . Your dog is sleepy and lethargic -- did you check for anemia ? B 12 is important to red blood cells and oxygenation.
B 12 important for nerve function and protection of the myelin sheath for nerve conduction . DM is a degradation of the myelin sheath .
Depression and brain fog ? Abain looking at the Bs and B 12 .
Fish oil -- deep cold water wild cuaght herring . Salmon seems to have too many issues .
Fish oil provides omega 3 and DHA important for cognitive health , eye, brain, neural health, and again
an anti depressant - better mood.
Fish oil provides EPA which is anti inflammatory.
You can add DHA to a good fish oil -- Nordic Naturals makes a good DHA supplement.
you need to reduce inflammation both at the cellular and physical (joint) level.
diet should include real Vitamin E and real sources for Vitamin C which means you will have quercetin, rutin, and flavinoids such as hesperidin .
you need to feed the energy cells of the body- the mitochondria -- CO-Enzyme Q10 Ubiquinol and PQQ
Ashwagandha and PQQ stimulate new mitochondrial cells . Ashwagandha good for mood .
that's a start
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