As I was feeding the horses this morning, I noticed they were beginning to get their winter coats. Right on schedule as this is the first day of fall. The transition from summer to winter is a slow process that takes several weeks. Outwardly it is apparent as the hair coat changes in preparation for cold weather. There are internal changes which must be made to enable the animal to survive winter. Miles of capillaries must be absorbed and, then, re-routed to direct blood away from the skin in order to conserve heat. This places a tremendous physiologic demand on the animal. It is especially important for older animals. Most people recognize the need for protein and vitamins which animals experience during the fall, but are not aware of great demand for cellular energy this process creates. Cellular energy is created by intracellular organelles called mitochondria. In older animals, especially, mitochondrial support is very important at this time of year. There are many mitochondrial support products available. We recommend Mitochondrial ATP by Pure Encapsulations.
Now that the snow is gone and we can be outside with the dogs, I am amazed at how well Duchess, my 9 year old German Shepherd, is doing. She is still quicker and faster than her 4 year old sister, Ziva. We have many deer where we live and occasionally they get in the yard. So one of the games we play is to have the dogs chase the deer away. She can still keep up with the deer- can’t quite catch them, which is good. Many working dogs are retired at 8 or 9 years of age. It appears that years of preparing food for her is paying off. Of course, the supplements she is getting probably also help. In addition to a multiple vitamin- Nutrient 950 without Iron by Pure Encapsulations, she is getting DHEA and pregnenolone for adrenal support and MItochondrial ATP to support energy production.