A senior dog’s refusal to eat may just be a result of old age and it is just one of a number of other things that comes with old age in dogs. It could however be caused by another health issue. Getting a senior dog to eat may be very tasking for a dog owner.
This article will actually give tips that will make this task less stressful. You must find out first, if it is as a result of a health problem so you can treat the problem as you apply this tips in feeding your senior dog. You must see a veterinarian to find this out and then follow the instructions given to you.
- After you must have confirmed from your veterinarian that your oldie is not suffering from any illness, you may be tempted to feed him with anything he shows interest in. This will be a very wrong move to make.
- Address the dental issues your senior dog may be having. While treating this condition, you must feed the dog with softer meals to ease the pain and allow the dentition to heal up quickly.
- You must understand that; due to the oldness of his organs, specifically the digestive system, foods high in salt, sugar and chemicals may be quite harmful to the dogs. Also, picking out feeds with the label ‘senior dogs’ may not be yet perfect. The dog must be fed in respect to his dietary needs and his the level of his activeness.
- Try to include more fruits and vegetables in your senior dog’s diet. This is because it will help their metabolism and help them prevent constipation. Also include some fiber, such as wheat bran and steamed fresh green beans in his diet.
- Your senior dog needs more nutrients in his old age, so you may need to add nutrients like omega fatty acids, vitamin E, fructooligosaccharides and others to help his immune system and digestive system. The nutrients will also make sure he has good skin and also aid his general wellbeing. You can also employ the use of nutritional supplements to this effect.
- Always feed your dog in time. Older dogs tend to appreciate dietary routines than the younger and more active ones. You must then make sure to feed the dog when he expects it, if you want him to continue eating well.
- After all these, you must make sure to always check with you veterinarian, if you are doing it right and to take advice on what else you can employ to make your dog eat and to also feed him the proper nutrients.
- Do not force your senior dog to eat and do not try to over feed them. This may end up badly for the dog and it could also cause weight issues. As men do not need extra weight, dogs do not either.
Again, whatever you do with your older dog’s nutrition, make sure to carry your veterinarian along.