Feeding Geriatric Dogs

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What special nutritional needs do older dogs have?

Feeding Geriatric Dogs

An older dog is going through a lot of physical changes. They tend to be less active and may be prone to being overweight. They may also start to develop health problems, including arthritis and diminished eyesight.

To help keep your older dog as close to her prime as possible, give her a diet that has lower calories, protein, and fat than regular adult dog food diets. You should also increase her fiber intake, which helps the digestive process.



3/31/2007 9:03:51 PM
D. Martin said:

I agree. I have 3 older dogs. One is a golden retriever who is almost 16. The other two are collie mixes that are 12. They have stomach problems (especially gas) if fed a high protein diet. I watch their weight closely. The oldest one moves a bit slow and tires quickly, but still loves to play. No one would guess the other two are seniors. Watch your pets weight, feed them on an appropriate diet, do not skip annual checkups and vaccines, and make sure they get exercise daily. It is also very important to stay on top of parasite control. Worms and fleas can take years off your pets life.

3/27/2009 7:00:38 PM
jess said:

what do you suggest is the best food to feed a geriatric dog?

4/26/2009 9:49:33 PM
Jose said:

My dog is 16 years she did not wanted to eat dry food with can food. Iswitched her to chicken breast just boiled what else can i mix with the chicken.

2/28/2015 9:12:20 AM
joyce said:

you have good info. I co parent an 8 year old labradoodle female hope to convince owner of change from beneful original to something good for. WISH ME LUCK, we love her bunches.


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