Senior Dogs

Senior Dogs

As a dog reaches 7 years old, they are now in the senior years of dog life. These years mean changes in metabolism, muscle tone, joints, eye sight and hearing, as well as the skin and coat.  Many of you are familiar with some of these issues.  I would like to explain how nutrition and supplements can help prevent these issues in the senior years.

How can diet help? I recommend feeding your senior dog a grain free diet that is lower in protein, higher in fiber and has less Kcals per cup.  Grain free means less grain to wick away moisture from the digestive tract, kidneys and less empty calories.  There are some that target the senior dog, but using common sense and reading labels can be just as good.  All grain free foods are not the same.  Many claim to be grain free yet are full of starch which turns into sugar just as grain can to feed yeast on the skin.  It also becomes an empty calorie since protein from anything other than meat is not a soluble protein for a dog.

The senior dog needs less protein because they do not have the same muscle building ability that they had. This means the kidneys will work harder to filter the protein not used by the body.  Keeping your protein under 32% will keep things more in balance for seniors.  Higher fiber plays an important role in keeping the bowels consistent and keeping down over production of the anal glands.  For the senior dog that is less active, rather in “retirement”, a food with protein levels of 25% or so should be a perfect match. Keeping the Kcal per cup down, helps keep excessive weight off of the senior, less active dog.

Adding glucosamine and chondroitin to your dog’s diet will help ensure the mobility of the joints. I recommend feeding this from puppy to senior.  It helps play an important part in the building and strength of the joint as well as maintaining the over used joints.  Senior dog foods do not have an adequate amount nor are they absorbed well.  You will see a much better success rate using a high-quality supplement that is well absorbed and not relying on a baked into the kibble supplement to do the job. We recommend a natural, granulated supplement verses a pill or capsule form also. This allows the supplement to be absorbed immediately and not wasted.  Anything synthetically altered does not absorb well. 

Omega 3, 6, and 9 are important for the joints, eyes, skin and coat. Organic Coconut Oil or pure liquid salmon oil are two of the best sources for this. It helps to put back in to the skin what the outdoors, and indoor heaters can take out.  Dry skin allows bacteria to invade the skin causing infection.  Dry coat becomes brittle and sparse.  Both lead to an itchy dog. There are no products that can completely repair dry skin and coat from the outside. This has to be done from the inside out.  Using non detergent shampoo and a silk protein conditioner can help maintain the healthy skin and coat that the omegas have made.

Well balanced nutrition that targets the senior’s issues can prolong the senior years. Starting your dog on a granulated joint supplement as a puppy can build healthier joints.  Adding a granulated joint supplement to the senior dog’s diet can help maintain healthy joints and alleviated pain from those already feeling the golden years.

Stop by for free nutritional counseling and let us show you some natural alternatives that can help your senior dogs live happy and healthy in their golden years!

Our Promise To You

  As we near our 10-year mark in this store front, I wanted to take the time to let our clients know that we still stand for what we stood for 10 years ago.
  Our mission at All Is Well in Summerville SC, is to inform pet owners of the benefits of holistic pet care. Holistic pet care is attention to the overall health of your pet in mind, body and spirit. Pet food, pet grooming supplies, lifestyle, and emotional well-being all play a part in your pet's complete health and wellness
  The staff at All Is Well has over 30 years of experience in the pet industry. As certified pet nutritionists, we can help you make informed decisions regarding your pet's dietary needs. We offer free skin and coat evaluations to help determine the best nutritional products for your pet. We're here to help educate you on pet products that will enhance the lives of both you and your pet.
   Unlike other pet stores that carry natural products, we carry only human grade, corn and wheat free, no dye, nothing artificial products from trusted companies with extremely high standards of quality control. We research each company to ensure what we recommend for your pet is the best, truly natural product using human grade ingredients. So many franchises are claiming to be "natural" pet stores. Some even use it in their name. As an independent, mom and pop pet store with over 30 years’ experience in the pet industry, we pride ourselves on standing up for what we believe in and only carrying products from trusted likeminded companies.
   Our promise to you is to continue to help pets with their nutritional needs, help problem solve allergy issues and work hand in hand with your veterinarian to ensure we meet your dog’s medical needs naturally.

  Customer service is the backbone of our business because our clients are family to us!

Probiotics and Your Pet



It has been reported that 90% of chronic diseases are caused from an unhealthy intestinal system.

Has your pet recently been on antibiotics? Does your pet have digestion problems, diarrhea, skin problems, food intolerances, or other chronic health problems? There is a connection between imbalance in the intestines and the following: Arthritis, Candida/yeasty ears and skin, runny eyes, food allergies, skin issues, low immune system, excessive gas, loose stool and over active intestinal tract.

Many things can destroy the intestinal bacterial balance in a pet's gut. Overuse of antibiotics destroys good bacteria as well as bad. Also, stress, poor diet, pollutants, environmental changes, and prescription drugs can deplete beneficial bacteria.

Other killers of good bacteria include chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and soil sterilizers in agriculture which damage the soil ecosystem and the natural flow of bacteria found in the food chain. These chemicals, as well as chemicals in the water supply, reduce the good bacteria in the gut. This allows harmful bacteria to multiply and produce large amounts of toxins and carcinogenic agents. These toxins inhibit the normal function of the digestive system and increase the demands placed on the liver and kidneys and digestion problems.

Supplement with a high quality pet probiotic to restore his/her healthy gut, and chances are you will improve your pet's over-all health.

Pets with large amounts of beneficial bacteria are better equipped to fight the growth of unhealthy organisms. So, if pets are to maintain a healthy body, they need large quantities of friendly bacteria.

Probiotic Max by Nature’s Farmacy is effective in helping the canine body rid itself of invading pathogens, calm the digestive tract, and help sooth an overactive immune system. Built to support the dog’s body during hard work, stress, illness, growth, compromised immune systems, old age difficulties, pregnancy, and more. We suggest this both as a daily supplement and a “fix” to many problems areas for dogs.

Coconut Oil and Pollen Season

Coconut Oil Benefits For Your Dog and Cat

Coconut oil is a great to help boost the immune system and help prevent skin conditions caused by allergies. As pollen season approaches, coconut oil is a great addition to their diet!

Skin Conditions

  • Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin

  • Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health

  • Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor

  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida

  • Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing

  • Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings


  • Improves digestion and nutrient absorption

  • Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis

  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs

  • Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing

    Immune System, Metabolic Function, Bone Health

  • Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease

  • Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function

  • Helps prevent or control diabetes

  • Helps reduce weight, increases energy

  • Aids in arthritis or ligament problems

    Integrative Veterinarian and Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Karen Becker, says “Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs. Coconut oil is a rich source of MCTs.

    We recommend 1/2 teaspoon for every 15 pounds of body weight daily for a better overall health for your pet!

    Please stop by to get more information and to see the organic coconut oil we carry by Nature’s Farmacy. A great value in an easy to use container!

Puppies, Allergies and the Immune System

Allergies are a direct reflection of the immune system. The stronger the immune system, the less allergies. Puppies need proper nutrition as well as some important boost to help that immune system get off to the right start. Always feed a high quality, wheat and corn free puppy food. Corn and wheat are high allergens for dogs. The more they are exposed to an allergen the more likely they will develop a sensitivity to it. Try to find a food that is rice, oat and barley based and one that is a multi-protien. This allows the body to digest and build an immunity rather than to be overloaded with one ingredient thus causing the immune system to take notice. You can supplement the 5 week old puppy with organic coconut oil. Coconut oil builds the immune system, fights yeast, and contains omegas to help the skin, coat, and joints. Use ½ teaspoon per 15 pounds of dog. Most puppies will need only drops in their food. Coconut oil is a solid unless 75 degrees or above. You can run hot water on the outside of the glass jar for a minute or so to liquify it . I then pour it into an oil and vinegar bottle for easy warming and pouring Always use half the recommended amount for the first week to be sure it does not cause loose stool. You can also use Animal Essentials OL Immune drops directly into the mouth. It is a blend of herbs that has been proven to build the immune system. I begin these at about 6 weeks of age. Again, being sure to dose appropriately.

Once, the first shots are given, grass time should be limited. Just as with food, outdoor allergens in high dose will cause the immune system to take notice. You can wipe the feet off with a wet wash cloth to remove the allergens when returning inside.

As for bathing puppies, you want to use a non detergent shampoo that is easy on the skin so not to dry out the skin and coat. I recommend our Groomer's Secret Silk Shampoo, but if that is not available, try Johnson's Baby Shampoo. It does contain die and fragrance but at least will not strip the skin and coat of the natural oils. Bathing often with the right products is not harmful. If bathing frequently, using our Silk Solutions Conditioner is a good idea to ensure the natural proteins are being replaced. As always, be careful not to get water directly into the ear canal. A spray of water goes much deeper than a dog naturally swimming.

Buck - Then and Now

When I first adopted Buck, a young black lab/hound mix puppy, in November of 2013 he was in rough shape. He had mange, bald spots, was underweight, and was itchy and miserable. My friends Annette and Christina at All is Well provided me with wonderful information about how the right shampoo and conditioner, food, and supplements along with the treatment he was getting from the vet could help to turn my puppy's life around. At their suggestion, I began feeding him Fromm Gold - one of the many great brands of dog food they carry in All is Well. I also began supplementing his food with Grizzly Salmon Oil and bathing him in their Groomer's Secret Nature's Remedy Shampoo and conditioner. As the months progressed, my itchy, bald patched puppy began to blossom! His coat grew in 10x softer and shinier than before, and the itchiness that had been causing him so much suffering was gone. Today, Buck is happy, healthy, sporting a beautiful shiny coat, and is itch free! I cannot thank Annette, Christina, and the rest of the knowledgable staff at All is Well for helping me provide the best possible care for Buck. I truly believe he would not be where he is today without their constant help and guidance as well as providing wonderful food and products to keep him happy and healthy! Thank you All is Well!