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Best Senior Dog Foods For Older Dogs!

Senior Dog Foods


​This post contains the essentials you need to know about the Best Senior Dog Foods.

Feeding is a basic necessity in all living things, and they differ with respect to health conditions, age ranges and natural compatibility.There are a lot of facts that you should be conversant with if you want your dogs to stay healthy.

If you frequently visit your vet, I guess you have less to worry about. However, if you’re a bit busy and the most time you have to think about your dog is at your place of work or school, then this post should definitely help.

Tips about Senior Dogs and Their Foods

As I’ve pointed out earlier, dog feeding facts vary according to their ages, medical conditions, and other considerable reasons. For senior dogs or geriatrics, make sure you put these points into consideration before feeding them off even purchasing their foods.-

  • The common breed dogs are considered to be senior citizens of the dog community when they are about the age of seven, for larger breeds between five and six, and nine for even smaller breeds.-
  • ​One major problem in senior dogs is obesity. This can be avoided be feeding them with low-calorie diets as well as high fiber diets to improve gastrointestinal health. This might seem like a bad idea because you think they need more calories and energy bars as they grow older, but that is really wrong.As they grow older, they begin to experience a decrease in activity levels which is mostly due to mobility and joint problems. However, since they go through fewer activities their energy consumption has to be subsequently reduced.
  • ​Another common condition of older dogs is decreased digestive efficiency. Their metabolic rate gets slower as they grow older. Surprisingly, most people translate this the wrong way. This doesn’t mean their feeding rations should be reduced, you’ll just end up starving them ant they’d suffer from malnutrition. The major bummer here is that this impaired digestive condition makes it difficult for their body to absorb nutrients. However, since their body can't digest foods easily as it did when they were younger, they tend to have higher protein requirements to make up for their reduced calorie intake. The best senior dog food includes High-quality digestive enzyme products and multivitamins which help the dog’s digestive tracts to unlock nutrients.
  • Dental diseases are also as common in older dogs. You can't jump swiftly into concluding that it's their age factor that’s affecting their feeding. Make sure that you’ve ticked all the boxes before administering anything. Formulated oral care nutrition help prevent gum and dental diseases in dogs.
  • Being a senior dog, healthy appetite might not be frequent as in younger dogs. After your vet has checked out any related issues to this condition, you can try easing the feeding process for your dog. If your dog doesn’t have dental problems and still has issues with chewing his normal hard kibble, try moistening his food with water, or changing the whole of his diet into wet forms. Make sure it’s the same brand as the former dry kibble to avoid stomach upset.
  • Apart from these, make sure that your dog’s feeding environment is healthy, providing him with clean water and clean food to avoid any further health problems.
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What Kind of food is the best senior dog food?


Having given you a clue about your senior dog’s age-related feeding condition, here are some foods that are safe for consumption and also help your dog delay or eradicate any age-related health problems.

Fruits and vegetables:

This doesn’t make your dog a vegetarian of some sorts. All dogs, irrespective of their ages benefit from fruits and vegetables in a small amount or proportionately with their food.

Regular consumption guarantees them a ticket out of the constipation show as they are more prone to this at older ages. Adding a little fiber to your dog’s ration would do them a lot more good than you think.

Consider using steamed fresh green beans, canned beans, wheat bran or plain canned pumpkins as a supplement for fruits and vegetables.

Dietary foods:

Dogs feed on milk right from the moment they are born and still need it when they are much older. It’s like how we humans move from breast milk to yoghurt.

Surprisingly, some vets even prescribe yoghurt as part of a senior dog's meal. Research has shown that yoghurt is a rich source of probiotics which is a bacteria that helps with digestive problems.

A spoon of plain low-fat or nonfat yoghurt on each meal can do a lot of good to your dog.It's also good for dogs with kidney diseases that have to switch to low-protein diets.

Fishes:

Cats, bears and dogs belong to the same animal family and the first two are known for their love of fishes. Dogs too are a huge fan, they should be. Fishes provide Omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation of organs in the body, support the immune system and add healthy contributions to the skin health of senior dogs.Vets have advised a whole meal of fish for your senior dog at least once a week.

Eggs:

Eggs are rich protein supplements, that provide proteins in the best form that mixes well with the dog’s digestive systems. Unlike in humans, high consumption of eggs does not translate high cholesterol in dogs, so there's nothing to worry about.Note: Cooked eggs are easier to digest

Berries:

Blueberries contain antioxidants that help prevent cancer. Other berries including strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are also as rich in these antioxidants. They also provide fiber, making the source of multitudinous nutritious for your senior dog food.

Sweet Potatoes:

This sweet tuber, as well as yellow-orange vegetables, are rich in beta-carotene which is a rich source of vitamin C and other antioxidants. Note that sweet potatoes contain starch, and hence should be cooked before serving to your senior dog. This applies to other starchy foods too.

Other nutrients:

Instead of listing all the foods and potential food ingredients for your senior dog foods, in addition to the list above, I’d suggest that you feed your dogs with antioxidants (which help with body metabolism) rich in nutrients such as omega-6 fatty acids.

They include fructooligosaccharides which can be of great help in boosting the immune system of senior dogs and support healthy digestion which as been known to be a common problem among them.

However, instead of browsing the internet or dog nutrition magazines and publications for these nutrients, most of them are baked into high-quality foods.

So, after properly reading through this post, or consulting wit your vet, go through the catalogue at the supermarket and make sure that they are a part of the foods you are buying for your dog.

About the Author Paul

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