As he ages, you’ll notice changes in your best friend’s energy, routine, and even his muzzle. Older pets might need adjustments to assist them with daily activities and lead a happy healthy life. Diet is an important part of caring for dogs in their golden years.
Every dog is different and has its own unique needs for food. There is no easy answer to the question of hard food. You can feed your dog both types of food, as long as it’s high-quality and balanced.
The dog has been selectively bred for various behaviours, sensory capabilities, and physical attributes over millennia. Dog breeds vary widely in shape, size, and colour. They perform many roles for humans, such as hunting, herding, pulling loads, protection, assisting police and the military, companionship, therapy, and aiding disabled people. Over the millennia, dogs became uniquely adapted to human behaviour, and the human-canine bond has been a topic of frequent study. This influence on human society has given them the nickname “man’s best friend“.
Wet food may be beneficial for seniors dogs
Your vet can help you determine the best food for your dog’s health if you have any special health issues, such as arthritis or weight problems. There are several reasons to switch your senior dog’s food to soft foods.
Sensitivity to Teeth
As dog’s age, their teeth can become more sensitive. This can make chewing kibble more difficult or even painful. You can help your pet to feel more comfortable eating soft foods.
If your dog suffers from severe pain during mealtimes due to gingivitis or tooth decay, switching to soft foods won’t solve the problem. Talk to your veterinarian about dental care.
The digestive process begins in the mouth, and saliva is what makes it possible for dogs to eat too much. Because soft food is easier to chew, it can help with digestion.
It is no surprise that dry kibble has higher moisture levels than wet food. Canine canned food is an option if your senior dog is susceptible to urinary tract issues or needs some help staying hydrated.
Older dogs have a slower metabolism than their younger counterparts, leading to obesity and overweight. Wet foods are more nutritious than dry food and have a higher protein content. This can be beneficial for older dogs who have a slower metabolism. If you are concerned about your dog’s weight, talk to your vet immediately.
Wet food is not as appealing to dogs, but it can be more delicious for humans than wet food. Your picky eater may have noticed that your dog has become more interested in dry food than their old friend. Mixing kibble and wet food give your dog a wide range of tastes and textures. For a truly special treat, add wet food to dry food!
Before you make any changes to your dog’s food, consult your vet. To avoid stomach upset, switch food slowly.