Even if your pet doesn't act like the senior he or she is that doesn't mean you shouldn't alter some of the food and treats you give them to suit their next stage in life.
Aging pets, even healthy ones, have new concerns that come due to their added years. Looking for treats specifically suited to these issues can double as relief for your four-legged friend. Arthritis and joint issues are common problems in older dogs especially larger breeds. Other things to consider include missing teeth, eye issues or any other health issues that you know of. Many treats are formulated with vitamins and other substances specifically to help these issues. Below are our top picks for treats for your senior dog.
Zuke's is a brand of natural and high quality pet treats. Many of the ingredients are human-grade, meaning you can rest easy knowing these treats are not just tasty but they are good for them too. These treats are specifically formulated with glucosamine, chondroitin, whole food antioxidants and eggshell membrane. Each ingredient is added to help maintain and support healthy hip and joint function.
Greenies is known for their brand of dog treats and bones formulated specifically for dental health. As your dog ages, they may suffer from dental issues. Since major dental cleanings and extractions require anesthesia which can be risky for an older dog, trying to prevent those issues is best. Greenies makes a chew specifically for senior dogs that not only helps their dental health but also includes ingredients like glucosamine to give their joints a boost.
Blue Buffalo makes a range of natural dog food and treats that are available at most pet supply stores. These fruity bars are filled with nutrients like Vitamin A, C and E and beta carotene which will give your dog's immune system a boost. The antioxidants from the fruit will also help keep your senior dog happy and healthy.
Halo is a holistic dog food company co-owned by Ellen DeGeneres. The company donates a lot of money to help animals in need making these treats a win-win for all. These salmon protein treats not only give your dog an added dose of protein, but the fatty acids from the fish are good for their joints and coats.
There are several things you likely already have in your kitchen that you can give to your senior dogs as a special treat. Eggs are an excellent source of protein for your dog and the soft texture is easy for dogs that have sensitive or missing teeth to eat. Other items you can feed your dog include plain yogurt, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and fish oil. If you have specific concerns about your dog's health and what you can do to supplement their diet in their senior years, talk to your vet.
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