We all recognise as humans grow older they start to slow down, so it should be no surprise that dogs slow down with age too.
As dogs reach those more mature years, they may become extra friendly and suddenly want to spend more time with owners. However, just the opposite can also happen and they may actually become grumpier.
These changes in personality may be associated with degeneration of hearing or sight, or other forms of pain and this can be how a dog displays its heightened anxiety.
Some older dogs may start to lose weight due to illness or poor digestion, in which case you should consult your vet.
It is also common for older dogs to undertake less exercise as they suffer from arthritis or other degenerative diseases causing them to slow down, and often associated with this is an increase in weight.
Special bedding and towels may provide your dog with some instant support and pain relief but may actually encourage them to take even more rest!
It is therefore also important to be careful in your choice of dog food, in order to keep your senior dog at their ideal weight. Just like humans, overweight dogs have an increased risk of diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Nutritionists at Vitalin have worked closely with vets to ensure they have a variety of dog food that ensures your senior dog is given the nutritional care it deserves.
Vitalin Senior/Lite is suitable for dogs aged 7 years and above and/or overweight dogs. It is hypoallergenic and wheat gluten free and is made with 100% British salmon and potatoes. This balanced food also includes glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM for joint health, and offers a low-calorie diet that still provides dogs with all the nutrients and vitamins needed for good health and well-being. To help aid with joint suppleness, anti-inflammatory foods like Burdock root have been incorporated, together with spinach, swede and carrots, all of which are a rich source of vitamins and minerals.
For further information about Vitalin please call +44 (0) 844 800 3347 or visit www.vitalinpetfood.co.uk