Do senior dogs have special nutritional needs?

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Many senior dogs tend towards weight gain as their metabolisms become less active. Too much weight can put a strain on their heart and on their limbs. For this reason, many people choose a lower calorie food for their seniors. Your favorite brand probably sells one.

Some senior foods are available with higher fiber for this same reason, as it helps to improve gastrointestinal health.

Senior dogs, however, still need fat and protein so the goal is to look for a food that delivers these important nutrients with fewer calories, rather than reducing them as well. Seek a lower fat and protein food for your dog only on your vet’s advice.

Kidney issues and lower kidney function can be an issue for some senior dogs. Specialty dog foods lower in phosphorus and sodium will take less of a toll on your dog’s kidneys. Your vet can recommend one.

Many senior dogs experience arthritis (joint pain). Glucosamine and Chondritin are joint supplements found in many senior dog foods and snacks. They are an easy and inexpensive way to help combat arthritis.

Just as you would for yourself, read dog food labels!

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