If you have an aging dog, you may be wondering how to make sure he enjoys optimal health. When senior dogs are fed raw food, they can benefit greatly.
Caring for your senior dog isn’t always as easy as you’d hope. Trying to keep your elderly four-legged friend in peak condition can be a challenge, but when senior dogs are fed raw food, they can benefit greatly. Here, we’ll take a closer look at what constitutes a senior pet and how you can assist your furry companion to continue living his best life well into his Autumn years.
Is My Dog A Senior?
It’s long been a popular belief that your pet’s age can be calculated by multiplying their age in human years by seven. Yet this isn’t always the case. It will depend on your pet’s breed and size. Nevertheless, 7 human years is when the average dog is considered to be a senior. Smaller dogs may be 10 before they’re thought to be elderly, while large breeds like Great Danes may be considered to be seniors at the age of 6.
Once your dog is a senior, he will need a different diet than he did when he was in his youth. While proper nutrition is always important, it’s particularly vital to ensure older pet eats a diet that will support his additional needs. Just like humans, dogs are more prone to health problems when they get older – for example arthritis, slow digestion, weight gain, dental problems, heart disease and diabetes. The food you give your pet can make all the difference to his ongoing well-being.
Planning A Raw Diet For Aging Dogs
While some dog food brands now make special foods for senior dogs, a raw diet is a better choice. This is because dogs need more protein when they get older. Protein is vital for the maintenance of lean, healthy muscle mass, and to help immunity and organ function. When your pet eats meat that has been minimally processed, its natural nutrients remain intact, allowing your pet to reap all the benefits.
A diet that is low in calories, carbohydrates and fat will help older dogs to stay at the right bodyweight. Older pets have a tendency to pile on the pounds and their decreasing metabolism also causes their digestion to become slugging, resulting in constipation. Vegetables are a great source of fibre to keep their digestion moving and their body at a healthy weight.
It’s also important to add Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids into your pet’s diet along with antioxidants to reduce inflammation, fight disease and maintain a well-balanced immune system. A raw diet can help to achieve this effectively.
Changing Appetites In Older Dogs
Older dogs have a tendency to reject food for many reasons. Medications, medical problems, bad weather or exhaustion all have a part to play in causing your pet to go off his food. Hand feeding your pooch can help encourage him to eat, while mixing eggs, cottage cheese, yoghurt or other wholefoods into their regular meals can help to boost his appetite. Putting meals or treats into puzzle toys can also encourage your furry friend to eat and, as an added bonus, will also stimulate his brain.
Although caring for your elderly pet may not always be easy, there are many advantages to feeding your older dog a raw diet. With a well-balanced diet of raw foods, your beloved furry companion will stay in good health for as long as possible.