Addressing health issues in older dogs with pet food
Diet and nutrition may mitigate certain physical and mental problems for aging dogs.
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Senior pet food formulations may help aging dogs cope with the physical changes that come with growing older by using functional ingredients and adjusting nutrient levels. Likewise, specifically formulated dog foods can tantalize aging canines’ declining senses.
“Nearly half of the pet population is estimated to be in the senior stage of life,” said Juan Gomez, global director for Alltech's companion animal business. “As life span increases, chronic age-related changes like arthritis, reduced mobility, visual and hearing loss, and cognitive decline take place.”
Some of those changes were documented in the Journal of Gerontology. In November 2017, that journal published results from an experiment that looked at how inflammation, immune responses and other factors changed as dogs aged. The results may point out ways that senior pet food can help keep animals healthy, longer in life. Mars Petcare’s WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition sponsored and conducted the experiment. To learn more, read the entire article.
In this article, you'll learn about:
Effects of aging on dogs
Fighting age-related declines in dogs’ health with nutrition
Aging dogs senses of smell and taste decline