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What Should I Feed My Senior Dog?

Diet can help ease effects of aging in dogs


Should I change my older dog’s diet?

Starting around eight years old, dogs can develop age-related conditions, including putting on weight.

If that is the case for your senior buddy, it may be time to switch to a diet dog food. Older animals naturally slow down, which means they may need fewer calories and less fat in their meals. Some senior dog foods are made with extra fiber and probiotics, to aid your senior pet’s digestion. Some special oral care diets can also help preserve your older dog’s teeth.

Always make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh water.

Why is my senior dog not eating?

If you notice a change in your furry-friend’s appetite, your first step is to visit the veterinarian to rule out any medical problems. If the vet determines that your senior dog is healthy, there may be simpler reasons for the decreased appetite:

  • Is the food too hard and dry for your dog to chew? Try mixing in some water to soften it.
  • Is your dog’s diet too varied? Cut out table scraps and stick to one food brand.
  • Are your dog’s mealtimes inconsistent? Serve two meals a day, always at the same time.
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