Senior dogs has special nutritional needs. Diet needs to be adapted particularly to their energy demand but also to diseases to which senior dogs may suffer from.
Basic nutritional rules for senior dogs
Dogs in the elderly should eat several small portions - 3-4 times a day at fixed times of the day. They should be given digestible nutrients. In addition, the dogs at a very advanced age should eat food soggy, with the consistency of mush. Also important is regular access to drinking water. In older dogs may be enough lack of appetite, and impaired smell, and therefore are especially recommended food with improved taste.
Demand for nutrients
Dogs older should certainly consume carbohydrates, fats, which are a rich source of energy and protein. Older dogs lose muscle tissue, which is associated with the breakdown of proteins, and therefore feeds should contain a minimum of 24% protein, except for dogs with kidney disease. The diet should also be included various micro - macroelements, ie. Calcium, phosphorus and bone strengthening, sodium, chlorine, iron deficiency which can lead to anemia, copper, strengthening the skeletal system and selenium, protecting cell membranes from the damaging effects of oxidation chemicals.
An important component of the diet of older dogs are also vitamins. The most they need vitamins K, A, E, B vitamins, as well as beta-carotene and lutein, as the beneficial effect on vision and act as antioxidants. Because of degenerative joint diseases, well if the feed will contain glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate - component of articular cartilage.
Food for senior dogs
Taking into account the special needs of dogs older manufacture feed created a special food that will provide all of their nutritional needs.
One such feed is Royal Canin Senior Urban Life. It is designed for dogs with busy lifestyles, living in the city. Dogs are especially vulnerable to polluted environment, which may be a cause of oxidative stress in them. Therefore, karma has antioxidants and ingredients derived from fish. Among the composition of the feed can be distinguished vitamins, minerals, beta-carotene, linoleic acid, arachidonic acids, fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, taurine, lutein, vitamins A, E, C and many other components that ensure the health of our pet .
Karma Hill's Nature's Best Canine Senior Mini / Medium in turn is indicated for dogs over 7 years of age. It is enriched with quality ingredients, vitamins and minerals, as well as the formula of antioxidants, which strengthens the immune system.
Strengthening at the first place
Diet for older dogs have a special task - to strengthen the functioning of systems and organs that with age your dog is becoming weaker. Using a variety of vitamins and minerals, as well as important antioxidants slows down the process of ageing animals, so you will be able to enjoy a healthy and longer life.