There is no need to worry if you see any changes in your dog’s attitude towards food if he is 8 years old or older. Most dogs are no longer interested in food as they used to be when they were younger.
Senior dogs feel better if you feed them more meals a day, and less consistent meals. Their digestive tract is not as fast as it used to be until now and small meals will help them a lot. You will see that your dog will not have the same appetite as before, that’s why you must make him interested in meals by presenting it in an interesting way.
Let’s see the senior dog food options you have:
- you can continue with the food you used before if you see that it keeps helping your dog to maintain a healthy life;
- you can add some ingredients as antioxidants, fiber, omega 3 and others on the top of his regular food;
- you can change your dog’s diet with senior dog food, but slowly;
- the best choice you can make is to prepare his meals by yourself.
The fact that your dog is getting old is a normal thing and you have to get used to this idea. You will see many changes in his life from now on. He is getting slower, he won’t be in the mood of playing as much as he did before, and that’s why he might gain weight or eat less. The truth is that this is very normal. As he does not consume energy, he doesn’t eat that much or if you force him to eat, getting fat is very natural.
Older dogs really need a senior dog food? Yes they do. As a result of all the changes in their body, their food needs are changing too. They need low calories diets to prevent obesity and high fiber diets to help to your gastrointestinal health.
The truth is that food companies started to produce different types of food for different stages of dog’s ages. The best thing to do is to choose the food that fits the best with your dog’s age. Although, if you have at home several dogs of different ages, there is the so called “multi-stage” food that you can use for all of them, if you don’t want to buy several types of dog food.
Is it good for your senior dog to receive snacks, if you should reduce the food you feed him? Yes, they can receive snacks, but they must be low fat. The best snacks for your dog at this age are the milk biscuits, apples, carrots, and others, but you must avoid giving those raisins and grapes, because they aren’t good at all for a senior dog.
Extremely important information that you must know about your senior dog besides the senior dog food they need to consume is that they need to drink a lot of water, so provide them water in abundance if you care about his health.
Have you ever had a senior dog or still have one? If the answer is yes please let me know in the comment section below if you seen any changes in his diet.