Canine health: Caring for the older dog

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Older dogsRECENT years have brought with them advances in canine nutrition and veterinary care which has ensured many of our dogs are living for longer.

Each dog should be regarded as an individual with their own specific needs and requirements. Unfortunately the deterioration of the digestive system, joints, and teeth are inevitable results of aging.

Caring for your older dog in winter time is especially important as many dogs find it harder to maintain weight and joint comfort when the weather becomes colder and the barometric pressure reduces.

Most dogs slow down as they mature, some dogs may lose weight as a result of poor digestion, whilst others will pile on the pounds as their body is using less of the energy they consume, resulting in fatty deposits around the body.

Many dogs will become less keen on regular exercise as a result of joint and muscular pain but the weight gain which follows as a decrease in exercise can further exacerbate the problem.

The key to a happy and healthy dog is to ensure regular veterinarian check-ups, maintain regular exercise and offer a balanced, nutritious diet. Feeding a senior diet can be helpful to ensure your dog is receiving the protein he needs for repair to cells, an increased level of fibre in the diet can also be helpful in order to maintain a healthy digestive tract. Including Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Hyaluronic Acid in their diet can help your canine retain an active lifestyle by assisting in the maintenance of the joint cartilage and helping to cushion and lubricate the joints; ideal for dogs that are stiff in the mornings!

Helping your older dog with the basics can also be beneficial. Select toys for him that are soft and easy to chew and hold in his mouth, place his bed in an area which provides enough space and is easy for him to reach and make sure he is warm. Also don’t forget to give your older dog some extra attention and regularly groom him, allowing you to look out for any lumps or bumps.

A range of supplements is available from Scientific Nutritional Products. The ethos of the company is manufacturing high specification supplements without compromise. For one-to-one canine or equine nutritional advice contact specialist Peter Fishpool on freephone 0800 032 7774 or Tel: 01377 254900. horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk.

by Canine Expert Peter Fishpool of Scientific Nutritional Products

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