Dogs can be considered old when they reach 7 years old and there are a lot of changes that occur within their system that may change or has an impact to their daily nutritional needs. A responsible approach to geriatric nutrition is to realize that degenerative changes are a normal part of aging. Our aim is to lessen the probability of the dog incurring health problems by preventing this while the dog is still healthy. If we wait for an elderly dog to get ill before we modify its diet, we have a harder task to do.

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                As pets grows old, their metabolism slows and this must be accounted for. Weight gain may happen if maintenance rations are consumed in the same quantity while the metabolism is becoming more and more sluggish. The last thing that we want to happen to our dogs is to become obese because with obesity comes many health problems and diseases. As pets age, most of their organs function in a slower pace and this is a lot different when they are still young. The digestive system, the liver, pancreas and gallbladder are not functioning at peak effect. The intestines have more difficulty extracting all the nutrients from the food consumed. The slow but progressive deterioration in the function of the kidney is considered a normal part of aging.

 

              Elderly dogs need to be treated as individuals. While some benefit from the nutrition found in “senior” diets, others might do better on the highly digestible puppy and super-premium diets. These latter diets provides an excellent blend of digestibility and amino acid content but, unfortunately, many are higher in salt and phosphorus than the older pet really needs.

 

                Older dogs are also more prone to developing arthritis and therefore it is important not to over feed them since obesity puts added stress on the joints. For animals with joint pain, supplementing the diet with fatty acid combinations containing cis-linoleic acid, gamma-linolenic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid can be quite beneficial.

 

Dog Health Food

              It is important to keep in mind that dietary choices can affect the development of orthopedic diseases such as hip dysplasia and osteochondrosis. When feeding a puppy who is at risk – shun away from high caloric diets and try to feed them several times a day rather than allowing them to devour a bulky meal all at the same time. Sudden growth spurts are to be avoided because they result in joint instability. Recent research has also suggested that the electrolyte balance of the diet may also play a role in the development of hip dysplasia. Rations between the positively and negatively charged elements in the diet (e.g., sodium, potassium, chloride) were less likely to promote hip dysplasia in susceptible dogs. Also avoid supplements of calcium levels in the body are carefully regulated by hormones (such as calcitonin and parathormone) as well as vitamin D. Supplementation disturbs this normal regulation and can cause many problems. It has also been shown that calcium supplementation can interfere with the absorption of zinc from the intestines. If you really feel the need to supplement your dog, select products such as eicosapentaenoic/gamma-linolenic fatty acid combinations or small amount of vitamin C.

 

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              In discovering the modifications of your senior canine, you can take an active part too. Home made dog foods are always better than commercial ones. Find some recipes that will match the needs of your old dog. Food modification is easier by first knowing what should be in the dog food and second preparing them on your own to make sure that your dog receives the best.

 

 

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