Weight Gain in Senior Dogs

As much as we’d love to turn back the clock, or stop time entirely, our pets are going to age whether we like it or not. Those of you with senior dogs will know that it’s still a joy having them around, but there’s a need to tailor their activities and food intake the older they get. 

Have you noticed that your elderly dogs have put on some weight? That’s totally normal as their dietary habits change and physical activity lessens. Now that’s not to say you should leave them be, rather it’s about adapting the way they eat and play to ensure their wellbeing. 

Senior dogs should be on a low-calorie, high-fibre diet. Limiting their calories will prevent obesity since they’re not exercising as much, while fibre will improve their gastrointestinal health – which again, due to a lack of physical activity, could otherwise be at risk. 

While it’s recommended that you break up their meals into 2-5 smaller portions a day, this will very much depend on the age, weight, and breed of your dog. So, it’s best to chat to your vet who can advise on the correct amount for your four-legged friend. 

Besides this, always ensure that your older pooches have access to fresh, clean water. They’re medically more prone to dehydration so make sure they keep on drinking!
For more facts about how to keep your senior dogs healthy, check out our latest video.

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