Meals For Older Dogs

Meals for older dogs

Meals for older dogs

When you’re looking after an elderly dog, it’s even more important to get their diet spot-on than when they were younger.

Older animals can’t tolerate high levels of proteins or fats and need to eat a diet that meets their specific nutritional needs. They generally need less energy, and a bit more fibre, and although they need a reasonable amount of protein to keep them in shape, too much will put a strain on their kidneys. Ideally, you should feed a diet based on proteins like chicken and fish which can be used most efficiently, and avoid foods with beef and other red meat proteins.

The best way of making sure your older dog is getting just the right mix of nutrients he needs is to feed him a top-quality food. Choose one without artificial additives like preservatives and flavourings, and aim for a protein level of around 18-22% (adult dog foods usually have about 22-26% protein).

However, just because your dog is getting on a bit, doesn’t mean you have to stop cooking him the occasional home-cooked meal – far from it.

Giving him a healthy treat with one of these recipes is a great way of topping up his reservoirs of vitamins and nutrients, and they’re all specially formulated so as not to put a strain on the kidneys. They’ve also got some stronger flavours, as older dogs don’t smell as well as they used to.

 

 

 

Recipe By Dr. Joe Inglis Perfect for Older Dogs It’s ideal as an occasional treat, just to put a bit of bounce back into those old legs. Eggs…
 Perfect for Older Dogs A revitalising juice drink which old dogs will love. Feed this once a week, and you’ll keep him fighting fit for years to come!…
 Perfect for Older Dogs The combination of the easy-to-digest protein from the chicken, with the good quality carbohydrate from the sweet potato, and the vitamins from the spinach…
 Perfect for Older Dogs Dog food doesn’t get much healthier than this, and the added coriander will help tickle the older dog’s taste buds. It’s got a moderate…