The Senior Dog Life Stage

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Dogs enter the senior life stage at various ages, depending on the size of the dog. Smaller dogs are generally considered senior around 8-10 years of age, while large and giant breed dogs become senior sooner, around 5-7 years.

Although age itself is not a disease, older dogs may experience health changes associated with aging and may be at greater risk for developing specific medical conditions. Royal Canin offers a number of specialized senior dog products, including preventative maintenance and therapeutic veterinary formulas. Feeding a balanced food, specific to your dog’s needs during the senior years, is essential to optimal health!

Nutritional Needs of Senior Dogs

The nutritional needs of dogs change as they move into their senior years. Decreased appetite, alterations in metabolism, reduced mobility, and behavioural changes are all commonly associated with aging. Royal Canin has designed foods specifically for your older dog, supplemented with ingredients such as glucosamine, omega fatty acids, and antioxidants to help address common age-related issues. Senior dogs are also at increased risk for developing various medical conditions, like arthritis, heart disease, and kidney disease. For these reasons, regular veterinary monitoring is crucial during the senior life stage. Royal Canin has an extensive line of products to assist in the prevention and treatment of various diseases common in senior dogs. All Royal Canin senior dog foods provide complete, precisely balanced nutrition for your older dog.

Feeding Strategies for Senior Dogs

Our feeding guidelines provide an estimate of what quantity to feed your senior dog. Your dog’s weight and body condition should be evaluated regularly by your veterinarian to ensure the most appropriate nutritional selection and feeding quantities for optimal health.

Senior dogs may have a decreased appetite for a variety of reasons. Easy access to food and water bowls, warming canned food, and adding water to kibble may all assist in ensuring your senior dog continues to maintain a healthy weight and receive optimal nutrition.

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