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The Older Dog’s Diet

What older dogs need

Dogs and humans have something in common: Both are getting older. And just like humans, dogs have different needs in the last phase of their lives than they did when they were young. This also applies to nutrition: the dogs become calmer, the digestive system sluggish, their energy requirements drop by up to 20 percent. Reducing the amount of food accordingly in order to save calories is obvious, but it is a mistake: Especially with older dogs, the supply of nutrients such as vitamins and minerals must be guaranteed at all times.

Senior food has all the nutrients but few calories

It is therefore advisable to switch to special types of food for older dogs in good time: They contain everything the senior needs, but have fewer calories than normal food. If you put together the food for your dog yourself, you should get expert advice or the right recipes from the vet. So that the dog does not get digestive problems, the daily ration should also be divided into several small doses per day instead of feeding everything at once.

Drinking a lot is particularly important for “seniors”

A healthy diet also includes water intake. Some dogs tend to drink too little as they get older. You can help here, for example, by switching from dry to wet food. In any case, you should take abnormalities such as little or excessive thirst seriously and ask the vet to clarify whether it is really just a sign of old age or perhaps a serious illness.

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