Senior dogs are most likely to experience joint problems, however that doesn't mean that there's nothing you can do to prevent them or reduce their symptoms! Read our top tips to maintain your senior dog's joint health through diet and exercise.
The appropriate senior dog diet for joint health
Senior dog food
As they get older, dogs become less active and have therefore lower calorie requirements. Which is why our senior dog food recipes are carefully formulated to meet the nutritional needs of senior dogs.
Our senior recipes also include our unique Joint Care Pack: a blend of compounds and nutrients that support the cartilage around your pooch's joints.
Prevent weight gain
Our senior recipes are also low in fat. They all contain 10% or less fat. By keeping their calorie intake under control, you can manage your senior dog's weight and avoid putting extra stress on their joints.
The role of Glucosamine
Glucosamine acts like a building block for cartilage, which is essential to your dog's joint health. It also helps prevent inflammation and is therefore a key supplement for dogs suffering with arthritis.
Although all our senior dog food recipes include Glucosamine, your vet might suggest giving your dog a Glucosamine supplement as an extra dose.
Senior dogs and exercise
Keeping your dog as active as possible will really help prevent joint issues and loss of mobility.
Ideally, it's best to take your senior dog on 3 to 4 short walks a day rather than a long one. Go at their pace and let them stop when then need a break. It can also be helpful to walk up some small hills a couple times a week to maintain the joint strength in their back legs.
If your dogs loves taking a dip, swimming is a great exercise for sore joints. Just make sure that they can get out of the water safely and easily.
Indoor and outdoor playing are not for pups only! Your senior dog may have a slower pace but we bet they still like having some fun! Just be a bit more gentle as they get older and throw things to the floor, so that they don't twist and jump.