Dog Nutrition Guide
As dogs grow older there nutritional requirements are changing.
- Fewer Calories - As an older dog physically slows down so does his metabolism (rate the body burns calories into energy the body requires). A senior dog will require 10-30% fewer calories.
- Diet should include at least 18% high-quality protein and 5% fat per serving.
- Water - Very important to always have fresh water available
- Smaller Meals - Break the larger meals into smaller more frequent meals. It will be easier to digest more small meals than the larger ones.
- Limit the Snacks and treats - When providing a treat look for low solidum.
- Increase Fiber - Will help with calorie control and with function of the intestine.
- Don't over feed - Obseity is a serious condition for an older dog as it puts more stress on the heart, lungs, and joints.
- Comfortable - Elevated feeding bowls help dogs suffering from arthritis feed with reduced pain.
Fruits and vegetables are healthy, low calorie snacks many pets enjoy. Those rich in antioxidants are especially beneficial for your dog:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Asparagus Tips
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!