There is no pre-defined nutrition plan we can follow for our older dogs. Your dog's nutrition needs are best determined by working closely with your veterinarian. By discussing your dog's eating habits and phyical ailments you will be able to formulate the ideal plan for your dog's nutrition needs. There are some feeding recommendations for all aging dogs and we have listed them below.
As dogs grow older there nutritional requirements are changing.
Fruits and vegetables are healthy, low calorie snacks many pets enjoy. Those rich in antioxidants are especially beneficial for your dog:
Oranges are rich in Vitamin C, tomatoes are filled with Lycopenes and sweet potatoes are a source of Vitamin E and Beta Carotene. Carrots and cantaloupes also provide Beta Carotene for your dog.
The healthest diet for your dog should include as much fresh food as possible - and food of the highest quality you can provide!
The Collins Guide to Dog Nutrition is a great resource for learning more about dog nutrition.
If you are interested in providing nutritional value with natural products Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats is a great resource.
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You're right to be concerned about what dog vitamins you should be giving your old dog. Just like people benefit from vitamins and supplements, dogs also benefit from good nutrition.
Vitamins work in conjunction with minerals and enzymes to assure normal digestion, reproduction, muscle and bone growth.
Vitamin A - helps dryness, hardening and itching of the skin. Also protects against infection and toxic chemicals.
Vitamin B1 - Thiamine - helps dogs become more alert and intelligent, also helps with fleas and other parasites.
Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin - helps protein and fat metabolism; also helps prevent cataracts in the eyes.
Vitamin B3 - helps convert food to energy, helps protein and fat metabolism. Also controls convulsive seizures in dogs.
Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid - is an anti-stress vitamin because it's required for producing good antibodies, helps longevity. Dogs deficient in Vitamin B5 can't fight infection.
Vitamin B6 - Pyridoxine - It is required in the utilization of some minerals for a healthy nervous system, red blood cell production, good brain function, and a strong immune system. Anemia, poor growth, artery disease, kidney stones are all signs of deficiency.
Vitamin B9 - Folic Acid - Dogs need folic acid during pregnancy and to help build the immune system. Signs of deficiency in dogs include: erratic appetite, retarded weight gain, watery secretion from the eyes, and decreased antibody response to microorganisms.
Vitamin B12 - Cobalamin - Dry skin and coat.. This vitamin prevents nerve damage, aids fertility, and promotes normal growth and development. Also helps in the digestion of food.
Vitamin C - helps to fight scurvy, less likely to develop hip dysplasia, spinal myelopathy, ruptured discs, viral disease, skin problem and common bacterial infections.
Vitamin D - key in calcium and phosphorus metabolism to help with strong bones and teeth. Sunlight stimulates dogs to generate vitamin D.
Vitamin E - helps boost the efficiency of the heart and circulation system. Promotes dilation of the small blood vessels, increasing the supply of oxygen to all of the body. Vitamin E helps to improve your dogs immune system, muscle power, and stamina. It also protects against air pollution and has been know to rejuvenate ailing and tired dogs.
Vitamin H - Biotin - helps reduce the incidence of skin disorders. Assists the thyroid and adrenal glands and aids the nervous system. Also helps in the prevention of coprophagy (the animal eating its own excrement).
Vitamin K - has a special role in the clotting of blood. Often used after a dog has eaten rat poison!
The vitamins, fats and nutrients that are beneficial to your dog are baked out of dog food during processing.
Glucosamine - is the most popular dog supplement that naturally supports healthly joints.
Fatty Acids are important for mental clarity and the health of your dog's brain
Digestive enzymes If your dog is not eating lightly cooked or raw meals they should be receiving a digestive enzymes with each meal