It is so hard to watch our beloved pet get older. If they are getting older, then this probably means that you have had him for a very long time. But now that he is getting older, do you need to start giving him the senior diet dog food formulas you see advertised on TV and in the supermarket?
There are a lot of dog foods that are formulated specifically for the older dog. So, is there really any difference in the senior dog food and regular formula made for the average aged dog? And if you do switch, how do you know when to do it?
There are a few things for us to look at. If your dog is older but in great health, you will probably be fine in staying with his regular diet. There are some older dogs that are healthy but are a bit overweight.
If this is your case, then you can give your dog smaller portions than usual. But if your dog is starting to have some digestive problems that he has not dealt with in the past, it may be time to change.
Dogs have 3 seasons of their life. Young, average and senior. The last three years of your breeds natural life span will be his senior years.
If you have a Great Dane for instance, they have a life span of 9 years. When the Great Dane reaches 6 years, he is considered a senior and this is when you may want to start looking at some different nutrition options with a senior diet dog food.
A senior diet contains more fiber than the regular dog food. There are also less calories because a senior dog is typically less active than he used to be. This will help alleviate any constipation as well due to their inactivity.
Older dogs can have medical problems begin and one of them can be Renal failure. This is when the kidneys have to work to hard processing the protein in their diet. A senior diet formula has less protein than a regular adult dog food would have, therefore decreasing the work for the kidneys.
It is best to keep dry dog food as a part of your senior dog food diet. This is good for their oral health. If your pet won't eat dry food, then you can moisten it with some water. You may also start giving your senior dog daily vitamins and glucosamine. Vitamin C, A and E are also good for them and can be given to help with the aging process.
Before adding any supplements to your senior diet dog food, please consult with your vet. This is very important to always remember. No matter how much research you do, your vet will still know more and what is best for your dog.
The key to taking care of your dog that is getting up there in years, is to provide the proper nutrition for his stage in life. With the help of your vet, you will be able to provide a lot of care and love and keep your dog around for a bit longer.
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