What is the best food for an older dog?
As dogs grow older there are changes that take place that effect their nutrient needs. That’s why it is worth considering diets designed specifically for the needs of older dogs
As dogs age
- They have a tendency to gain weight as the dog becomes less active and their metabolic rate slows.
- Joints become stiffer and more worn.
- Efficiency of the digestive system slows down making it harder to extract the nutrients needed
- They become more prone to developing constipation
Diets adapted to the needs of older dogs will be
- Lower in calories and higher in fibre. This creates a lower energy density food allowing the older dog to eat a full bowl of food, so feel full, but not gain weight.
- Made with highly digestible proteins to help your older dog digest food properly
- Will be rich in Omega-3 fish oils to help maintain supple joints.
- Contain nutrients to support heart function and boost the immune system.
- Have lower calcium and phosphorous levels to reduce workload on the kidneys
At what age is a dog senior?
Small breeds (less than 10 kg) are considered senior from 8 years of age
Medium breeds (10-25 kg) from 7 years
Large (25-45 kg) from 6 years
Giant (over 45 kg) from 5 years of age
Recommended for your senior dog
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