They no longer run as before and prefer to lie in the shade instead of going for the ball. Older dogs change their behavior, as must their feeding habits.
Feeding Tips for Old Dogs
Time leaves the marks of its passage in all of us. When we first saw the screen clearly, today we need glasses; when we used to eat whatever was and at any time, today we leave aside dishes and prefer only a broth for dinner. And that same thing that happens to us can happen in our dog. That is why, adapting your care and food is imperative, so that the golden years of your dog are well lived.
At what age does a dog grow old?
Each race has its own behavior and characteristics when it comes to adulthood. There are races that reach only three years, while others do so after 12 months.
The same thing happens with old age: in general rules, a dog is considered “of the third age” from the 7 years of life, but you will know better than any rule, simply analyzing their behaviors and knowing your friend as do you know him.
Keys to Feeding an Old Dog
During the maturity of your dog, your diet should accompany physical changes and behavior. Try to give you two servings daily in the recommended amount according to your body size and weight, with a lower intake of fat and calories to avoid overweight and, therefore, problems in bones and joints.
You should also increase the supply of proteins and fibers, to facilitate a better overall organic performance, and add vitamins and antioxidants that help slow the effects of cellular aging, which will also help to enhance your coat and improve your moods and energies.
What food to give an old dog?
In the market you can find balanced foods (also known as feed) specifically designed for elderly or mature dogs, even distinguished according to their race and body size. These foods can be served dry or hydrated in water and broth, for easier ingestion.
You can also supplement balanced food (always Premium) with meals prepared at home, low in sodium and salt, no fat or carbohydrates needed, and complete with protein and vitamins. Lean meats and vegetable soups are ideal for this canine age.
Do not completely remove fats in the elderly dog’s food, as they will help lubricate your joints and take care of their coat, which tends to dry. A good solution is to add one to two tablespoons of blended oil or sunflower in your home food, although the best solution is dry balanced for adult dogs hydrated with low-sodium broths.
During the summer, ensure a fresh drink always available, you can even hydrate your food with cold water to refresh it and renew your energies.
Finally, it is essential that the mature dog has a sufficient supply of vitamins, especially those of group C that helps prevent brain cell wear and maintain high good mood.