How Nutrition Can Help Your Senior Dog Stay Active
- 7 November 2017
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As dogs get older, some of their basic needs change. But those changes don’t have to slow your dog down. By understanding what your senior dog needs, you can help it stay active and enjoy a great quality of life.
Combat Weight Gain
Gaining weight is a common problem for older dogs. Although carrying around some extra pounds may not sound like a big deal, it can increase a dog’s risk profile for a number of health problems. Weight gain is common because senior dogs are often less active.
This creates a cycle of slowing a dog down, which in turn leads to even more weight gain. You can avoid or break this cycle in two steps. The first is ensuring your dog gets the right number of calories every day. By choosing a food that’s specifically made for senior dogs, you can be sure that your pet is receiving the optimal balance of calories and nutrients.
The second step is to help your dog stay active. Although very strenuous activity generally isn’t a good fit for dogs in this age bracket, they can still do a lot. The key is to be consistent and understand that activity is usually going to be at a slower pace. And if you ever notice your dog getting too worn out, it’s time to take a break until the next day.
Other Ways to Help Senior Dogs
In addition to choosing Pet Wants Senior Formula food, there are a few more steps you can take to keep your dog happy and healthy. The first is to give your senior dog a very comfortable bed. Look for a bed that’s specifically designed to provide additional support for older dogs.
Taking your dog to new places is another way to keep it stimulated and engaged. Just be aware that senior dogs are often more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, so plan accordingly. The other way you can help your senior dog is by solving any mobility challenges around your home. If there are spots that often trip your dog up, adding a ramp can be a great option.
It’s also important to maintain an active relationship with your vet. It’s common for pet owners to attribute certain behaviors to their dog getting older. But in many cases, issues like hair loss or changes in bathroom habits are signs of an underlying health issue that needs attention. Being able to promptly bring these types of changes up with your vet will greatly benefit your dog.
By giving your senior dog food that’s optimized for its needs and following the other tips we shared, you’ll be able to continue having lots of great experiences with your pet.
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