Feeding Senior Dogs
Complete foods especially formulated for senior dogs are widely available and these contain all the nutrients the ageing body needs to remain in the best possible condition and help delay or alleviate the onset of conditions such as senility.
As older dogs can often suffer from liver-related problems, a diet low in protein may be applicable. Ask your vet about the best diets for older dogs.
Elderly pets may not be able to defend their food from younger dogs in the household stealing it. Feed your golden oldie separately to ensure he gets his daily quota and feels secure enough to enjoy it.
This is usually due to a mouth ailment such as gum disease, tooth problems or even possibly a mouth abscess. Get your dog checked by a vet. lf all is clear, try serving food at room temperature, or warm it slightly in case tooth sensitivity to cold food is causing the problem. Try also using soft, wet or semi-moist food for ease of eating (and help prevent constipation due to increased water intake), but clean teeth regularly to prevent plaque and tartar build-up.
Substituting meat for tuna, pilchards or sardines in vegetable oil a couple of times a week can help prevent constipation, as well as promote healthier joints, skin and coat, These fish are also good for tempting dogs that have lost their appetite.
Old dogs are prone to putting on weight if their mobility is compromised, but this can worsen conditions such as joint problems and heart disease. Consult your vet about an appropriate diet and what amounts to give daily Conversely, a dog that shows signs of weight loss also requires veterinary attention to ascertain the cause.
Warm Reminder and Advice
Chews help maintain mouth hygiene as well as keeping an older dog occupied and entertained.