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How to Feed Your Senior Dog Raw Food

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Raw feeding for senior dogs is just the same as when you raw feed your adult dog. Simply feed your dog 2-3% of their body weight in raw food daily, and you’re good to go. That’s great news for dog lovers more time to spend with our favourite canines. However, it does raise important questions about how to keep senior dogs healthy so they can enjoy their longer lives. And questions about senior dog nutrition are often at the top of the list.

The Benefits of Raw Food for Senior Dogs

1. Improved Digestion

Senior dogs often experience digestive issues as they age. Raw food diets, rich in natural enzymes and easily digestible proteins, can alleviate these problems.

2. Enhanced Joint Health

Arthritis and joint pain are common issues in senior dogs. Raw diets can help alleviate these problems through their anti-inflammatory properties.

3. Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for senior dogs to prevent additional stress on their joints.

4. Healthier Coat and Skin

Ageing dogs often experience dull coats and skin problems. Raw diets, packed with essential nutrients, can lead to a shinier, healthier coat and improved skin condition.

Feeding your senior dog a raw food diet can provide numerous benefits, including improved digestion, joint health, weight management, and a healthier coat and skin. However, it’s crucial to consider your dog’s individual needs, consult with your veterinarian, and ensure a balanced diet. With careful planning and proper execution, your senior dog can enjoy the many advantages of a raw food diet, leading to a happier and healthier life.

Healthy seniors without health problems should continue to eat as much variety as possible. Those experiencing age related issues should seek the advice of their vet or contact a holistic vet for natural solutions. We all get a little stiffer or more achy as we age. Senior dogs with joint issues such as arthritis, dyspepsia, age related stiffness, etc, often benefit from raw food as its higher in glucosamine and chondroitin.

Depending on your dog’s overall health, your veterinarian might tell you to stick with the food you’ve been feeding your pet for years…no matter how many birthdays your dog has racked up. In most cases, your veterinarian will suggest a change to your senior dog’s diet during a regular checkup, if they determine it’s time. That decision is based on a variety of factors, including your dog’s age, overall health, and any diagnosed conditions.

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After adding probiotics to your dog’s current food for a few days, add 10% of their new raw diet to 90% of their old food. Maintain this ratio for a few days, and if your dog doesn’t have any problems, start mixing 25% of the new raw food with 75% of their current food for at least 3 days.

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