Slowly and steadily your four legged friend has aged. And since the process was so slow you didn’t realise that your so active friend prefers to take lot of rest throughout the day. If you take note there will be other signs like difficulty in getting up, groaning because of pain, and rejecting food that he or she loved earlier.
Since your dog has aged now he or she may not be eating as much as they use to eat earlier. There could be various reasons for an elderly dog to become a finicky eater and here are some of them
Like humans dogs also suffer from dental problems and that could be the major reason of your dog becoming a finicky eater. So check his or her mouth for some tooth decay, bad breath, or salivating. If your dog shows any of these conditions then it is time for a visit to the vet. A vet can also check whether or not your dog is suffering from periodontal disease and prescribe medicines for the same.
Irregular bowel movements
Senior dogs can suffer from irregular bowel movements which can result in either constipation or inability to control urination. In case of increased thirst and increased urination you need to take your dog for thorough check up where it can be confirmed whether your dog has diabetes or not or whether there is a kidney failure.
Plenty of water
As your dog is aging make sure that there are enough bowls of fresh water to remind him or her to drink water regularly. This will help in preventing dehydration as well as improve his constipation.
Watch the weight
Keep a tab on his or her weight as your dog is aging. If your dog is obese then consider to reduce the food intake and increase the exercise. If your dog is losing weight then take him or her to the vet as they can find out the cause of the weight loss and can guide you accordingly.
Maintain the exercise schedule
Don’t stop the exercising just because your dog has become old. Instead increase the time for the walk and let your four legged friend set the pace of the walk but do not increase the distance, as your friend may not be able to walk for long distances now.
Frequent small meals
Like humans the senior dog will be hungry soon but will not be able to gulp down larger meals like before. So spread the meals throughout the day and make sure that they are well balanced meals. A well balanced meal with fibre, proteins, calcium, and fat will help your dog in the long run.
The meals that you are giving may not be sufficient for your dog hence you need to add supplements to his or her diet for that energy.
It is quite possible that your dog may not be eating what he used to eat earlier so check with your vet to give your dog some prescribed food meant for senior dogs.
Make food enticing
As dogs age they lose the sense of smell and with that they lose their appetite as well so you can make the food interesting by either adding carrots or something colourful. Or you can microwave the food to release some good aroma which can entice your four legged friend to try his or her food.
Remember whatever your techniques to feed your aging friend. Don’t forget its daily dose of love and encouragement as they are the most powerful food for an aging dog to make him or her live for longer.