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just read some interesting tidbits from Jean Dodds in Dogs Naturally magazine.

"A study of ninety geriatric dogs over seven years old who had normal physical examinations found that twenty nine percent had

low total T4 thyroid levels, dispite showing no overt clinival signs of hypothyroidism. Increased alkaline phosphatase levels

were seen in seventeen percent of the dogs and four of them were confirmed to have cushings disease. Urinary tract infections

were found in eleven percent of the dogs, four of these dogs had high blood urea nitrogen ( BUN levels) Thus despite apparent

health, twenty percent of these older dogs had clinically significant diseases. Many people believe that protein overworks

older kidney's and that protein should automatically be decreased in an older dogs diet. This is false. On the contrary

healthy older dogs require slightly more protein. Protein minimizes losses of lean body mass that accompany the ageing


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Interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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