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Senior Dog Food

Dogs are probably the most common pet all over the world and are fiercely renowned for their undying loyalty as well as endearing companionship.



They have earned the title of ‘mans best friend’ primarily because of these traits as well as the fact that they are easy to train and therefore can serve a number of purposes apart from being simply a pet. They can also provide security as well as help, as in the case of a seeing eye dog for the visually impaired.



Just like humans though, when significantly aged, the amount of activities they can perform will sharply recede and the way you care for the aged dog will also need to adapt to the animals age. Just like humans, each dog will age differently to another, depending on factors such as its breed, upbringing as well as environment.





Generally speaking though, most dogs past the age of 7 years old will require an increase in their nutritional intake while the levels of activity will decrease to a certain extent. The large dog breeds will actually experience this change around the age of 5 years old and other signs of aging include a decreased metabolism. The impact that this will have on the animal’s diet means that the food needs to contain less calories and fat while the protein content needs to be of higher quality for the dogs system to be able to ingest it more easily.

Along with the reduced senses of smell and taste, older dogs will also face an increasing difficulty when it comes to chewing their food. As a result, it is a wiser choice to move the dog onto a diet that is more precisely formulated for the older dogs. However, when changing the dog over to the new diet, the best way to do so would be to initially incorporate a small amount of the new diet into a majority of the old one, slowly building up the proportion of the new diet as the animal continues to get used to it. Older dogs should be fed around 1 to 2 times a day, although the older dogs may also prefer being fed smaller portions of food rather frequently over the course of the day. It is also important to keep an eye on the dogs overall weight because of the fact that they are more prone to weight gain because of the decreased amount of activity.

 
  Submitted on June 1, 2010