Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Want Your Senior Dog To Be Sharp As A Tack? #BrightMind

When we adopted Phoebe in 2011, the shelter estimated her age to be approximately 3 years old.  It feels like in the blink of an eye suddenly she's 8 years old!  My girl is a senior dog! 

What do you mean I'm a Senior Dog!?  I think these glasses just make me look old.
Phoebe was always a feisty little dog and very smart, but in the last year I've noticed some changes in her.  It's like she isn't as.... sharp as she used to be.  My Husky Icy, on the other hand, is only 6 years old and is sharper and quicker, especially when learning new things. 

Sometimes I feel bad for Phoebe when we play games with treats.  Icy is right on it but Phoebe needs some coaching and a bit more time to "get it" and join in.  By that time Icy has usually gotten nearly all of the treats!

How do we play this game again?
Don't get me wrong, I think senior dogs totally ROCK, but sometimes they rock a little slower!  According to the experts at Purina Pro Plan®, around age seven the glucose metabolism in a dog's brain begins to change.  That can have a negative impact on a dog's:

** MEMORY
** LEARNING
** AWARENESS
** DECISION MAKING

This actually made me breathe a sign of relief, at least I know the changes I'm seeing in Phoebe are normal for her age!

This post is sponsored by Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™.  I am being compensated for helping enrich the lives of senior dogs, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers.  Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND is not responsible for the content of this article.

If you have a senior dog who isn't quite as sharp as his or her younger self, don't worry!  I have some great news to share with you.  

Purina Pro Plan has discovered a way to promote alertness and mental sharpness in senior dogs, 7 years and older, through nutrition!  They've introduced BRIGHT MIND Adult 7+®  dog food formulas.  I love the idea of achieving improvement in my dog's mental sharpness through quality nutrition!

> BRIGHT MIND 7+ was created with enhanced botanical oils shown to promote alertness and mental sharpness in dogs 7 and older, with visible results in 30 days.  When added to the daily diet of dogs 7 years and older, formulas that contained enhanced botanical oils promoted memory, attention and trainability.

> BRIGHT MIND 7+  contains glucosamine to help support joint health and mobility.

> BRIGHT MIND 7+ contains vitamin A and linoleic acid for healthy skin and coat.

> BRIGHT MIND 7+ contains high quality protein as the first ingredient!

These are all really important for an aging pet!

Purina Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND 7+ promotes alertness and mental sharpness in dogs 7 years and older 
By feeding Phoebe a daily diet of Purina Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND I'm hoping to see some positive changes:

** I hope she develops more of an interest in her interaction and play with me and my dog Icy.
 
** I'd like to see her catch on to new games and other things as quickly as Icy does, so she doesn't feel left out.

** I'm hoping to see an increased ability to deal with change.  That's especially important because we will be moving this year.  Phoebe doesn't like too much change, it stresses her out!  I want our move to go smoothly for our dogs as well as for us.

Click these links to learn more about Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND Adult 7+ and watch the BRIGHT MIND Effect video.


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37 comments:

  1. Those are some good pointers
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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  2. We've always loved Pro Plan. I really hate to think that Wynston is almost 5 and before I know it, he will be a "senior." I have a small bag of Bright Mind and I use the kibble as treats. I don't have senior dogs but I like what the food has to offer, so I use it when we play games and such. All my babies love it!

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    1. We really like Pro Plan too, especially the canned varieties. I'm anxious to see how Phoebe does on Bright Mind. She really loves the taste! Thanks for stopping by Amanda!

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  3. I wonder if it's different for small dogs due to their longer lifespan. Mr. N turned seven last year but I haven't noticed any changes. I hope the food helps!

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    1. It's great that Mr. N is still sharp! If you notice changes in the future you may want to give Bright Mind a try. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Layla is a 9 year old 15 lbs of fun, and I am sticking to her diet and not changing anything because of her allergies, I would rather be safe than sorry :)

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    1. If her current diet is working great for her I'm glad.

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  5. I'm so happy that Phoebe is in such loving care. Feeding our best friends a great diet is so important especially as they age.

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    1. Thank you MK! Feeding is really important, they are our best friends & fur babies! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Phoebe sure doesn't look like a senior! Our kitties are all young - so its a little while before we have to think about the special dietary and other considerations for seniors.

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    1. I know right!? She still looks to me as the day we adopted her. I still can't believe she's a senior pup now! I hope your kitties stag healthy for years to come.

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    2. I know right!? She still looks to me as the day we adopted her. I still can't believe she's a senior pup now! I hope your kitties stag healthy for years to come.

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  7. You are such a photogenic doggie! My sisters doggie is now a senior and we've noticed a little change in his behavior so we may check this out for him.

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    1. Why thank you! You should check out Bright Mind for your senior boy, my dog loves it! Thanks for visiting us on the blog, Taylor!

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  8. We've been interested in the ingredients and outcomes of this food - so thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Me too, I really like the ingredients that are geared toward mental acuity. I'm looking forward to seeing some results in Phoebe. She loves the taste!

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  9. Great post. Keira is a senior too and I worry about her diet, actually I worry about everything pertaining to her. She's starting to slow down and sleep more... It makes me pause, and makes me sad...

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! I worry about my senior girl too. It is sad that they just don't have the lifespan people do. This food has some great ingredients, you may want to give it a try for Keira.

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  10. Phoebe is such a darling! She deserves the best nutrition possible.

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    1. Aww, thanks! She is such a good girl, I think she deserves the best of everything!

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  11. Mary is on the same food. I have also purchased some of the wet entrees as she picky that way and wants it mixed together. I'm am really looking forward to her being a little my social, perhaps a little more playful and maybe not needed so much coaching on those puzzle games. We soon will see :-)

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    1. I like to mix dry food with wet food as well so I bought some of the Bright Mind wet food too. It looks great & Phoebe loves it! I'm hoping to see good results for Phoebe too.

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  12. I love when dog food companies take the time to actually infused these items into the food so that dogs stay sharp as they grow older

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    1. Me too! I was so intrigued by this food with ingredients geared toward improving mental sharpness. I love that it has the botanical oils to nourish a dog's brain. I also love that it contains glucosamine, which is so helpful for aging dogs.

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  13. Great post! I was just reading about this and am very interested to see how Phoebe does. I hope it helps with her stress (interesting point!) and with her playing with Icy. Looking forward to the follow up post with an update!

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    1. Thanks, I appreciate the kind words! I'm hoping to see some positive changes in Phoebe too.

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  14. Phoebe looks great! She is super cute. I love that Purina is taking an aging dog's nutritional needs into mind. As pet owners, we need to feed our pets their whole life long, not just when they are young! Senior pets are pawsome! :)
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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    1. Aww, thanks Robin! I feel the same way, I was so happy to see a food that specifically addresses aging pets' needs.

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  15. We really like Pro Plan here. I hope the new food helps Phoebe catch on to new games faster. I look forward to reading an update about her later.

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    1. We do too! I use a lot of the canned food in particular. I was happy to see that Phoebe loved this dry food as well. I think it will be great for her!

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  16. Gracie is not quite a senior yet, she is 8 1/2 years old, but I feed her a quality food as well. She not only looks young, but acts it as well! Most people meet her and think she is only 3 or 4 years old! Feeding a quality food throughout your dog's life can really change how they age in their senior years.

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    1. That's so great that Gracie is so youthful! You're right, feeding quality pet food throughout their lives is very important!

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  17. Phoebe is a cute senior woofie. We hope the Purina Pro Plan helps her act young for years to come!

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    1. Thanks! I hope she re-discovers her youthful self in Bright Mind!

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  18. This is great to read because I have heard a lot of mixed reviews on this food, but I always trust what you write, so thanks for this!!

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Jenna! I've always trusted Purina pet food, I've fed many, many pets Purina foods all my life. Phoebe loves this food and I love that they've added glucosamine, botanical oils, vitamins & other really healthy ingredients!

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