Senior dogs can be particularly difficult to feed. Their metabolism has slowed down, and they may even have some health concerns that can be helped with the right diet. This homemade food for senior dogs won't be right for all older pets, so be sure to check with your vet before switching.
As your dog's metabolism slows and he becomes less active, he won't need to eat as many calories each day as he did when he was young and full of energy. He may also need to eat a diet higher in fiber that includes pre- and probiotics for digestive health.
Supplements, like glucosamine and chondroitin, are beneficial to include in senior food. There are many beneficial supplements that can aid in joint and hip health, digestion and skin and coat health. Your dog may need assistance in all of these areas, and your vet can help you decide which supplements may be right for your dog.
Before you decide to switch your dog's diet (whether he's a senior or not) you need to discuss the change with your veterinarian or a trained canine nutritionist. Trying to make the switch yourself could lead to malnutrition or nutrient toxicity.
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Homemade Food for Senior Dogs
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup kidney beans (drained)
- 1/2 cup black beans (drained)
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/2 cup carrots (chopped)
- 2 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
This homemade food for senior dogs is a slow cooker recipe, so it's extremely easy to prepare. All you have to do is add all of the ingredients to your slow cooker and cook on low for 4-5 hours. You'll know when it's finished because the chicken will be so tender that you'll be able to pull it apart easily with a fork.
If your veterinarian recommends certain supplements for your dog, add them to the recipe when it's finished cooking and stir it evenly to distribute the supplements.
This recipe will not be suitable for all senior dogs.
As I mentioned, senior pets can be especially challenging to feed. It's important that you consult a canine nutrition expert before choosing the right diet for your elderly pooch.
You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you want to prepare this homemade food for senior dogs in bulk, store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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