Nutritional Needs of Older Dogs


As dogs age, their nutritional needs change. They need less calories, but they still need a balanced diet that provides them with the nutrients they need to stay healthy.


Older dogs need about 20% fewer calories than younger dogs. This is because they are less active and their metabolism slows down.


Older dogs still need protein, but they don't need as much as younger dogs. A good rule of thumb is to feed them a food that contains 25-30% protein.


Older dogs can benefit from a diet that is higher in fat. Fat provides them with energy and helps to keep their skin and coat healthy.


Older dogs may need more fiber in their diet to help them maintain a healthy weight and prevent constipation.


Older dogs are more prone to bone problems, so they need a diet that is rich in calcium.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for dogs of all ages, but they are especially important for older dogs.

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