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How to manage my senior dog’s diet?

After a certain age, our seniors no longer have the same dietary needs as before. From the age of 7, they tend to be less active and their metabolism slows down, which can sometimes lead to excess weight or in more serious cases, obesity.

It is therefore necessary to adapt their diet and ensure that it contains all the nutrients essential for meeting their specific new requirements. Dog Chef takes stock to help you boost the vitality of your senior!

1. Water: STAY HYDRATED!

Older dogs have less water in their bodies than younger dogs, which makes them less aware of thirst and can lead to dehydration. So make sure that your furry friend drinks enough and that his water bowl is always accessible and well filled. A dog needs approximately 50ml of water per kilo, per day. If your dog weighs 20 kilos, he should drink approximately 1L of water per day.

Your pooch’s diet has a major influence on his water intake. Depending on what your pet eats, he will drink more or less water.

Did you know? A dog fed with Dog Chef is a dog less prone to dehydration because homemade food contains up to 80% water.

2. Protein: opt for quality rather than quantity

Like any dog, our seniors need protein in their diet. But being less robust, preference should be given to high quality protein such as white meat, fish, etc. Protein will improve the functioning of their metabolism. Preferably choose foods containing between 18 and 20% protein such as eggs and meat, but also legumes.

Did you know? Dog Chef portions are gluten-free and perfectly balanced. They are composed of 40-45% protein, 20% carbohydrates and 15-20% fat. Chicken, beef, duck, pork or fish, each meal is rich in protein and contains all the essential nutrients your senior needs.

3. Fat: not that bad…

Contrary to popular belief, fats play an essential role in our pooch’s body. Supplying energy and fatty acids, they play a crucial role in the flexibility of the cell membrane and the skin.

With age, it is not unusual for our seniors to lose their hair, for their coat to become drier and for skin infections to appear. Omega 6 fatty acids will strengthen the skin and make the coat shiny. While Omega 3 will support immunity, strengthen the joints and have an anti-inflammatory and anti-itch effect.

Did you know? OmegaMix has been specially designed by Dog Chef for a dog to benefit from the fatty acids essential to his needs. This food supplement is the perfect balance between Omega 3 and 6. It strengthens cardiac function, the immune system and the brain, as well as nourishing the joints.

4. Fibre: to help digestion

The intestines weaken with age, fibre will help to improve the bowel function of the senior dog and thus avoid problems with constipation or flatulence.

Favour fibre-rich foods such as wheat germ, vegetables and fruit such as beans or apples.

Did you know? Dog Chef recipes have been designed in collaboration with veterinarians specialising in canine nutrition and contain a large amount of fibre necessary for the proper functioning of your pooch’s body.

5. You want calcium and vitamins: here they are!

Like us, when our pooch gets older, his joints become more sensitive. Our seniors will therefore need a little help. Most vitamins are not formed in a dog’s body. Only a diet adapted and specially designed for your pet can provide him with the daily intake of vitamins and calcium (for example, in the form of a supplement) required to avoid any deficiency.

Did you know? Each Dog Chef order includes AlphaMix Senior (or puppy) and OmegaMix supplements which contain all the vitamins and minerals necessary to meet the daily requirements of your furry friend.

And afterwards…?

Now that you are familiar with all the nutrients that need to be in your senior’s bowl for him to be healthy, are you wondering what type of food to switch to?

Bear in mind that an older dog should eat food that is easy to chew and contains high-quality protein. It is therefore important that these nutrients are easy to eat and contain fibre to promote good bowel function. Homemade food is one of the most qualitative forms of food for seniors.

Did you know? Dog Chef portions are perfectly suited to seniors because they contain high-quality ingredients and adhere to the ideal amounts for the proper functioning of your senior’s body.

What amounts?

To ensure he has enough energy, we recommend feeding your dog twice a day (preferably in the morning and in the evening). This will also allow him to conserve his digestive function, given the ageing of his organs. Be careful not to overfeed him, senior dogs are less active and are therefore prone to gaining weight.

Dog Chef portions are calculated on the basis of your dog’s age, weight, breed and level of physical activity. If you would like to know the amount of Dog Chef food that is right for your pooch, take the test!

To keep a senior dog healthy and full of vitality, there is no secret… it happens in the bowl! At Dog Chef, we are convinced that a fresh and balanced diet plays a significant role in the longevity of your senior.

Taking care of your furry friend’s diet has never been easier with Dog Chef! And what about you, what kind of food did you opt for? Tell us all!

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