Why You Should Overhaul Your Senior Dog’s Diet

Fight the effects of your aging dog with a customized diet.

By | Posted: Mon Oct 14 00:00:00 PDT 2002

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  • Aging dogs tend to have more gastrointestinal distress, so a diet with increased fiber can help prevent constipation.

  • Older dogs still require protein - vital to the body for cell repair and muscle maintenance - but can't metabolize it as efficiently. They need higher-quality protein with a complete range of essential amino acids.

  • The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil and flaxseed oil can help alleviate a dull, dry coat and dry skin, as well as aid immune-system function.

    In addition to diet-based changes, make sure your senior dog gets a change in exercise as well. Decreased mobility in older dogs creates a tendency to gain weight, so moderate, reasonable exercise helps keep off pounds that can exacerbate other he alth troubles, such as heart disease, diabetes, and joint problems.
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    Sandra   Harlingen, TX

    3/17/2012 11:46:51 AM

    this is a great edutcated article I LOVE MY DOG CHANNEL ;0) thank you

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    janet   bethlehem, PA

    1/4/2012 4:25:37 AM

    good article, thank you

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