As your dog grows up, it is only natural for them to like humans move on the senior citizen stage. It is a well-known fact that a human year equates to 7 dog years. This number varies a little depending on the breed of your dog, but it primarily remains constant.
When they do enter these golden years, there are some changes that you will be required to make for them. These changes are mostly dietary in nature. You are advised to consult your veterinarian before going all Cruella Deville on their diets. Every dog is different, as you must be aware.
Dance With The Dental
If kibble is posing to be a challenge for your dog to eat. You might be in a fix in as to what to feed them. Your food might not even be the issue here. It probably is a toothache or a dental disease. Go to a vet as addressing the problem is crucial in the case. A well-known fact in the dog community is that complete dental care can significantly enhance a dog’s life. Try switching to softer foods for the duration of their treatment.
Joint Supplements Are Great
A leading problem in dogs is the same as that in humans. Arthritis. Most commercial food has plenty of this pre-formulated into the food, but as the dog ages, it might not be enough. Adding an additional supplement is thus recommended. Ideally, look for a supplement that combines chondroitin, MSM, and glucosamine, the trifecta promoting healthy joints.
These are some of the best things you can feed your senior dog. They are highly revered for their ability to fight the effects of aging. They’re something that is readily available and promotes everything that you would want your dog to fight against. The easiest way to get them in your dog is via supplement fruits and veggies, but dogs are like five-year-old kids, and fruits and veggies are out of the question. So try getting your hands on an antioxidant capsule. If your dog is not fussy, try adding dark leafy vegetables, turmeric, and berries to their food.
This is a fatty acid that is good for both dogs and humans alike. For a healthy heart and brain, add omega 3s to their diets. Aging pets require a higher amount of this acid, which may not be available in their day to day food. Fatty acids are also available in fish oil and is another option you can use. Though be careful too much of it might give rise to the opposite effects of what you were expecting.
Watch The Weight
When you’re young and carefree, you have the privilege of eating whatever you want without the added issue of gaining weight. Though as you grow older, both you and your pup need to be careful about what you are eating and the pounds you’re gaining.
Obesity can be quite a punishment for your dog. So, measure the exact amount of food that you are feeding your dog. Ditch the always full food bowl. Make a feeding chart, and stick to it. If they eat too quickly, try putting a ball in the food to slow down their gulping.
Sure your dog loves them, and you love seeing your dog happy. It is natural to want to have a happy dog. But the bad news is that all those treats you see in the supermarkets are extremely bad for your dog. They act as calorie and unsaturated fat bombs that can undo all the work you have done in getting your dogs to diet under control.
If treating is something you want to practice, try sticking to pear and seedless apple slices, blueberries, mini carrots, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous frozen green beans.
Switch to a Lower Calorie Dog Food
Dieting 101. A salad will keep you feeling fuller than fries. Simple. If you extend the same principle to dogs when old age comes knocking switch to a fiber-based low-calorie food. They will still receive the same portion, but it would contain a lot fewer calories. Senior pet food that you would find on the market would ideally have a low-calorie count, but it is still better to be safe than sorry.
Make The Bowl Accessible
As your dog grows older, bending down becomes a huge task due to the joint pain. To combat this, invest in a raised bowl that helps them eat and reduce the bend for a lighter, happier experience.
A dog is a companion that would stay with you through thick and thin. It is easy to stick to familiar, but the truth is that old age catches up to everyone and similarly to our four-legged furry companions. So if you genuinely care about your dog, you will make the necessary changes to their diets for a happy, healthy them.
A dog is often more than just a pet; it is an emotional support dog. One who is essential for your emotional and mental well-being. So, ensure you take care of them.