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Optimal feeding of older dogs - with the right senior food

Älterer Hund liegt auf einer Decke.

The right food for older dogs is crucial to support their vitality. Find out how to feed your older dog optimally right here.

Why do older dogs need senior food?

As dogs get older, everyday life presents us with new challenges. Larger dog breeds are considered senior citizens from around six years of age, while this is the case for smaller breeds from around nine years of age.

You can tell by these signs that your dog is getting old:

  • he gets gray fur, often first on the muzzle
  • his hearing and eyesight deteriorate
  • he freezes more easily
  • he is more clingy than before
  • he often seeks rest and generally moves more slowly

It is not uncommon for dogs to put on weight as they get older. Why is that? The metabolism of older dogs slows down and they often move less. This is a risk factor for heart and breathing problems, joint problems, diabetes and a weaker immune system. Discuss with your vet whether you should reduce the amount of food your older dog eats. This also applies if you offer him a normal food for adult animals instead of a senior food. Sometimes older dogs also lose weight. This could be due to dental problems, diabetes, other illnesses or an altered sense of taste.

The type of dog food is just as important as the quantity. A good senior dog food contains high-quality and easily digestible proteins. Older dogs need more high-quality protein as they no longer utilize this nutrient as well. Food for senior dogs is also characterized by sufficient vitamins and plenty of fibre. These are good for your older dog's intestinal flora and get their digestion going.

What food does your older dog need?

You probably know exactly what your older dog likes. It's best to base your choice on his preferences. You should pay attention to these things:

  • High-quality protein sources such as meat and hearts are easily digestible.
  • Because older dogs sometimes drink too little, wet food can be a better choice than dry food.
  • It should not contain too much processed liver, as too much vitamin A, which is found particularly in liver, can be harmful in old age.
  • Ingredients with a stronger smell, such as fish or rumen, make it easier for older dogs with slowly declining senses to develop a good appetite.
  • Tip: Green-lipped mussels can support joint health. And omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect. This can help older dogs with many minor aches and pains.

Unser Golden October combines fine buffalo, quail, lamb and beef with cottage cheese and spirulina. Your senior dog can look forward to natural vital substances with lots of antioxidants. Cottage cheese and camomile are gentle on the stomach and intestines, while brewer's yeast and spirulina can support the immune system and be fed to treat joint diseases.

How often should you feed your older dog?

Because your older dog's digestion is slower, several small portions of food per day are a good idea. This takes the strain off your senior dog's digestive system and ensures a constant supply of nutrients. Divide your senior dog's food into 3-4 smaller meals. It is best to introduce this new feeding plan gradually. Make sure he has access to drinking water at all times.

These supplements are good for older dogs

In addition to a balanced diet, also provideNahrungsergänzungsmittel provide your older dog with nutrients. Here too, your vet will know which supplements are best for your furry friend. For example, vitamin E, the provitamin beta-carotene and selenium can support vitality in old age.Also great: omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These are provided by our 100% natural Salmon oil. Great for the skin and coat, the cardiovascular system and for strengthening the immune system.

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