Care for the Senior Citizen!
First of all we'd better
define what we mean by a senior dog. We humans
tend to think of ourselves as Senior Citizens when
we get to the age of 60-65 years, even though the
joints may start creaking a few years before this!
The 'one human year equals seven dog years' rule
is an easy way to calculate and relate to your
dog's age, but doesn't necessarily apply to all
breeds. Large breed dogs (i.e. Great Danes) are
considered a senior at 6 or 7 years of age,
whereas small breeds (i.e. toy poodle), aren't
considered a senior citizen until they reach into
the teens of years.
Basically, if your dog is 7 years or older, you
ought to be considering him or her to be at least
middle aged if not senior and therefore need to
consider how best to care and feed them. This is
because, like humans, requirements for exercise
and nutrition change with age, and there may be a
case for including a food with added 'extras' for
As your dog reaches his senior years, remember
Minimise stress and change.
Avoid big moves or changes in your dog's
schedule. If you must disrupt a routine, give your
dog some added attention to ease the adjustment.
Taking your dog for two 15-minute walks each day
helps maintain muscle tone, enhance circulation,
promote digestion and prevent weight gain.
Smaller, more frequent meals.
Instead of one large portion a day, try two or
three smaller meals, which also will help increase
your dog's metabolism, burn calories and provide
all of the needed nourishment.
Routine veterinary checkups and
Regular dental care and thorough physicals will
help you identify subtle changes in your dog's
health. At home, take a few minutes each month to
closely examine your dog for any irregularities
such as odd-shaped bumps or lumps. If you do
discover something unusual and it seems to be
growing rapidly, call your veterinarian. Early
detection and preventive treatment can go a long
way toward extending life expectancy.
In general, dogs of seven years and older start
taking life a bit easier and, as a result, their
nutritional needs begin to change once more. With
large breeds, this change will take place at
around six years of age Senior dogs are less
active and have a slower metabolism, so can be
even more prone to gaining weight. Equally as they
reach their geriatric years, illness and blunting
of the senses of taste and smell mean it can be
hard to maintain a good body condition.
In their senior years dogs need a high quality,
palatable diet with easy to digest protein, lower
calorie levels and a careful balance of other
A nutritious, tasty, complete diet for the older
dog, as nutritional requirements change with age,
particularly as dogs get less active.
Senior dogs are less active and have a slower
metabolism, so can be even more prone to gaining
Equally as they reach their geriatric years,
illness and blunting of the senses of taste and
smell mean it can be hard to maintain a good body
This food has been formulated to take into
account these nutritional changes, with added
supplements glucosamine, condroitin and MSM to
maintain smooth working joints.
Protein 20%, Oil 7.5%, Fibre 3%, Ash 5%
Rice, fish meal, barley, poultry fat, beet pulp,
peas, brewers yeast, yucca, glucosamine, MSM,
chondroitin, minerals and vitamins.
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