Feeding Senior Dogs

As our dogs get older they begin to slow down, are not as active as they once were and prefer a much more peaceful and relaxing day. Sadly this happens to us all and one of the biggest changes occurs to our eating habits as our nutritional requirements change and our appetite reduces and therefore it is important that you feed older dogs a senior diet that is suited to their size as small, medium and large breeds have different nutritional needs no matter what their age.

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Royal Canin X-Small diets are designed for small breeds of dogs that weigh between 0-4kg.

Their life span can be double that of large breeds of dogs therefore their nutritional needs must be met to help maintain good health for your dog. For these very small breeds of dog, their senior life stage is split into two stages, the first being 8-12 years and the second 12 years plus. Royal Canin offers food for both of these stages which help to maintain a healthy heart and good digestion by preventing constipation due to the high fibre content. They also help to prevent the build-up of tartar and the kibble is perfectly designed for the small size of the jaw and teeth. During the second stage the aging process speeds up so therefore the 12+ diet contains an appropriate phosphorus content to aid renal function and to ensure your dog is appropriately hydrated.

Medium sized breeds which weigh between 11-25kg are considered senior at 10 years plus. The Royal Canin Medium Ageing 10+ diet is great for the senior medium sized breed. The diet has been specially formulated to provide extra support for your dog’s bones and joints and it is also highly digestible and helps to maintain a healthy coat.

The Royal Canin Maxi Ageing 8+ diet is suitable for senior large breeds of dogs which weigh 26-44kg. The senior age for these breeds of dog is from eight years plus. This diet is most importantly adapted to provide support for the joints which are placed under a lot of stress. This diet helps to keep their joints supple and flexible and also aides digestion and keeps the skin and coat healthy all of which are very important in aging dogs.

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