As your dog becomes older, you need to feed it a bit differently than you did when it was a young pup.
This is largely because they start to relax a lot more from the age of around seven, becoming less active and therefore not needing as many calories. At the same time, metabolism starts to slow, which can easily lead to weight gain if diets are not well managed.
Senior canines need a diet that is both high quality and palatable, as well as containing easy to digest protein and a well-balanced array of nutrients.
There are specially created senior dog foods that you can feed your ageing mutt, as these are carefully formulated to ensure their changing nutritional requirements are met.
However, when making the transition to the new food, it is important to slowly make the move across seven to ten days, mixing the senior dog grub in with what you have been feeding it during its adult life.
If it is reluctant to eat the new food, then it is advisable to visit a vet to find out exactly why, as it could have wider implications.
Senior dogs should still be fed twice a day, but you can consider making the portions smaller due to the decline in activity.
The food should be served at room temperature and in a quiet location where they will not be interrupted and not where you eat your food.
If your pooch is finding it hard to lean down to reach its dinner, then consider putting it at head height.
You must monitor your senior dog’s weight carefully to ensure that they do not become obese, as this could be terrible for their health, leading to conditions such as diabetes, respiratory problems and osteoarthritis. Seek help from your vet if you find its weight hard to manage.
Written by: Hannah