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Feeding Your Senior Dog

Around the age of seven, your family friend starts taking life a little easier, so his nutritional & exercise needs begin to change. Though with larger breeds, this change tends to take place at little earlier at around five years old. Its at this age, your dog is heading into his senior years. Senior dogs are less active and have a slower metabolism, so they need fewer calories and less fat from their food. Infact a diet that contains high quality, easy-to-digest protein can help more than ever in keeping your dog in trim, healthy and happy!

What this means is a good senior diet should be concentrated, high quality protein, be low in fat and contain easy to digest carbohydrates for energy. A senior dogs diet should also contain key minerals to support ageing joints, and vitamins C and E to help fight infections. If chewing becomes more difficult, a smaller kibble size will also help your dog enjoy his meals more and help him get the most of them.

Remember though, if you change your dog onto a new food, you should start by mixing the new formula with what your dog is used to and then slowly building up the proportion over a week to ten days until you are only feeding the new senior formula food.

How to feed

We recommended feeding older dogs once or twice a day, although you may prefer to to fed little and often. Being less active older dogs are particularly prone to weight issues so even though it’s hard…. try to resist those lovely big brown eyes and try not to overfeed.

Chef’s orders!

An older dog may also lose his sense of smell a little so try and serve the food at room temperature so that your dog can really smell, taste and enjoy every mouthful

Table for one!

When eating, your family friend will appreciate being fed in a quiet place away from interruptions – and kids! It's also a good idea to feed on a surface that is easily cleaned, like a tiled floor or a mat.

How much?

Follow the feeding guide on the back of the pack, but remember the guide is only there to give you an idea. Like us every dog is an individual, so the main consideration is to feed enough to maintain a lean, healthy condition. And always provide a bowl of fresh drinking water.

Weight- watching!

Senior foods tend to have a lower calorie level that can help control this weight gain. But if you are worried about your dogs weight gain,maybe consider trying a specially formulated 'light' product. These are lower in fat whilst still containing all the necessary vitamins and minerals, to keep your dog healthy and happy.