Did you know senior dogs are more prone to obesity, heart and kidney disease, degenerative hip and joint disease and other progressive ailments? If your dog is 8 years or older, he is considered a senior. Proper nutrition is key in maintaining your senior pet's health and may even help him live longer. Help keep your senior pet healthy and happy well into his golden years with these nutritional guidelines from PetSmart experts:
What Types of Senior Dog Food are Ideal?
Because of their slowing metabolisms, older dogs tend to be less active so they require less calories and fat than younger dogs. Premium foods that are specially formulated for seniors generally have less fat and calories and increased fiber. If your senior is overweight, work with your veterinarian and feed a light food. For seniors with a tendency to gain weight, try a reduced calorie or reduced fat food.
Dental disease is common in older dogs. Try premium foods that are specially formulated to help prevent and reduce plaque and gum disease.
How Often Should I Feed My Senior Dog?
Because obesity and finicky eating are more prevalent in senior dogs, your feeding method is important. Try feeding once or twice a day.
The information used in this report is approved by PetSmart nutritionists and vet experts.
Information from "Small Animal Clinical Nutrition," 5th Edition, Hand, Thatcher, Remillard, Roudebush, Novotny, Copyright 2010 by Mark Morris Institute was used in this report.