Tips for helping your dog’s dental health

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Brushing our teeth is part of our daily routine and it should also be part of your dog’s. What many dog owners don’t know is that on average, eight in ten dogs end up developing tartar issues by the age of three.

Brushing our teeth is part of our daily routine and it should also be part of your dog’s. What many dog owners don’t know is that on average, eight in ten dogs end up developing tartar issues by the age of three. Unsurprisingly, this could be because tartar and plaque is hard for pet owners to notice, so many don’t understand the possible damage it can cause. The good news is that it’s never too late to start prioritising your dog’s dental health by introducing preventative measures to their routine.

What is plaque and tartar?

Plaque is caused when salvia, food particles and bacteria bind together in your dog’s mouth. If this plaque is left untreated, it can turn into hard tartar that will start causing decay, gum disease and other nasty dental issues. Tartar that has built-up over time can only be removed by a vet, which is why it’s so important to take your dog’s oral hygiene seriously.

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Cleaning is best

The best way an owner can look after their dog’s teeth is to regularly brush them. If it isn’t already part of your dog’s regular routine, it is worth introducing a weekly brushing to their schedule to ensure their teeth are kept well-polished. You can either use your fingers or a toothbrush that is made especially for dogs, to do this. It is also very important to never use human toothpaste as it is toxic to dogs. Giving your dog’s teeth a good go-over at least twice a week can make a world of difference and it’s always good to make sure their gums also get some attention too as this is where plaque generally builds.

Diet that focuses on dental

Along with a balanced brushing routine, the other great way to make sure your dog’s dental health is well looked after is to feed them a diet that targets dental hygiene. Our newly improved Eukanuba™ recipe takes this into account with a new milling process that gives our S-shaped kibble a smoother, more premium finish. Our S-shaped kibble works as its own brushing technique while your dog chews to scrape away any plaque stuck on your their teeth. Eukanuba™ knows a dog’s dental health can impact their overall wellbeing and that’s why all our adult dry food diets contain our unique 3D DentaDefense. The 3D DentaDefense contains specialised minerals that work to stop tartar build up and help prevent plaque formation during and in between meals.

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Chat with your vet

If you’re finding it difficult to get your dog’s dental health under control or are at all concerned they may be having an issue with plaque or tartar build-up, it’s always a good idea to head to your vet for advice or you can give our pet nutrition advice team a call on 1300 657 021.

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How to manage fussy dogs at mealtime

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Most dogs have a very hearty appetite and aren’t usually known for shying away from food. However, in some cases you may find your dog has suddenly become disinterested in their usual food or has started picking at their meals.

Most dogs have a very hearty appetite and aren’t usually known for shying away from food. However, in some cases you may find your dog has suddenly become disinterested in their usual food or has started picking at their meals. Some dogs are simply born fussy eaters, but other times you may notice your once greedy dog has all of a sudden decided they’ve had enough of what you’re feeding them. Typically, this behaviour is nothing to stress over but it is good to familiarise yourself with some tips to try to snap them out of their picky eating habits.

Why are they suddenly off their food?

Palatability is one of the deciding factors in whether or not your dog will eat the food you provide. Smell, texture and taste can all influence your dog’s palate. When looking for the right food for your pet, it is important that they enjoy the product, but it is even more important that they are getting the best possible nutrition from a complete and balanced diet. We’ve reformulated our recipe to make sure more dogs enjoy the taste of our dry food by using high quality ingredients and a precise manufacturing process. We’ve also made improvements to the overall appearance of our kibble by using a new milling process that now gives our kibble a much smoother, premium finish.

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Some dogs are fussier than others

If you have a dog that seems a bit precious about what they eat, it may be to do with their breed. While Labradors are one of the few breeds that have a reputation for eating anything they can fit in their mouths, some smaller breeds have a much more refined palette. Generally, a dry food that many dogs are happy to eat won’t entice other dogs. To give these fussy eaters the nutrition they need, a mix of textures and aromas may help.

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Try a mixed feeding approach

Wet and dry food both have their benefits. If your fussy dog is fed an exclusively dry diet, you may want to give mixed feeding a go. Some new aromas and a variety of textures can be just what it takes to kick-start their appetite, so switching between wet and dry can be something to try. Wet food gives off an increased aroma, so this can help lure pickier dogs to their food bowls. On top of that, if you’re at all concerned about their water intake, wet food can also give your dog an added hydration boost thanks to its higher moisture levels.

When to take it seriously

If you’ve always known your dog to be fussy, it may not be cause for concern. On the other hand, if your once greedy dog has suddenly stopped eating and can’t be tempted by any type of food, it’s best to head straight to the vet to rule out anything serious. Remember that while dogs can be fussy, they will very rarely choose to go hungry. Some more serious health issues can first show up as a loss of appetite or weight loss, so while it may just be your dog being picky, it’s best to be on the safe side.

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How omega oils help improve a dog's coat

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We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s not always the case when it comes to the health and appearance of your pet’s coat.

We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s not always the case when it comes to the health and appearance of your pet’s coat. If you’re finding the quality of your dog’s coat is looking a little worse for wear, it could be an indication of their overall health and might be time to look a little closer into their diet.

They are what they eat

Generally, a poor-quality coat and dry, flaky skin could mean a lack of the right kind of nutrition. Fats play an essential role in a dog’s diet, to not only support their overall coat and skin health, but to also keep them healthy on the inside. Oils that are rich in essential fatty acids help give your dog’s coat a glossy finish, whereas a healthy intake of amino acids, vitamins and minerals help to nourish their skin. It’s important to know that these fatty acids work together in your dog’s diet to help control inflammation and the combined intake of these nutrients help create a healthier regeneration of skin and hair cells. While it’s true a lack of these fatty acids can affect the overall quality of your dog’s coat, there are super-premium dog foods that can help get these into your dog’s diet.

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The benefits of omega 3 and 6

Omega 6 fatty acids work to replace the oils in your dog’s skin for a glossy sheen to their fur. Therefore, a lack of omega 6 in their diet could be the reason you may be noticing dullness in your dog’s coat. Omega 3 also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness and flaking of skin issues. This means that to get the shiniest results in your dog’s coat, you’ll want to choose a diet that includes the right amounts of omega 6 and omega 3, to help promote a lush coat and support your dog’s overall skin health.

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How Eukanuba™ can help

If you want your dog’s skin and coat to shine, it's good to remember that the quality of their coat starts from the inside out. The right diet will not only keep your dog feeling great, it can help balance their natural oil levels to keep their fur looking its best. Eukanuba™ knows a healthy coat is a sign of a healthy dog, which is why our range is made using high quality animal protein that is packed with these essential fatty acids. If you’re ever unsure about what food is best for your dog, always consult your vet or you can chat with our pet nutrition advice team on 1300 657 021.

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Getting ready for a puppy

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Bringing a puppy home for the first time can be very exciting, but it also brings a lot of responsibility.

Bringing a puppy home for the first time can be very exciting, but it also brings a lot of responsibility. By doing some basic pre-puppy planning you will not only help minimise stress in your household, but also help make sure your home has everything in place to meet your new puppy's needs.

Making your home puppy-safe

There are lots of puppy supplies you’ll need to start collecting to make sure your puppy is comfortable and happy in their new home. However, before you think about anything new, you should first have a look at your home to make sure it is a safe environment for a puppy to run around in. Start by making sure all chemicals and detergents are stored away, electrical cords are covered and breakable items are out of reach. If you have a pool, you should also make sure this area is completely covered and fenced off. Be sure you also stock up on cleaning supplies, especially when your puppy has yet to be toilet trained, and purchase stain remover, paper towels and deodorising sprays to clean up any mess.

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Getting your puppy home

After you are sure that your home environment is safe for a puppy, the next step is figuring out how to get your puppy home. If you are driving them in a car, consider buying a travel crate or harness suitable for your puppy’s age and size. This will provide a secure environment to travel in, now and in the future. Before setting off, spend some time with your puppy in the car to allow them to become accustomed to their new surroundings and use praise and rewards for calm behaviour. Take a towel when you collect your puppy. Rub it on mum and litter mates so you can bring some of their scent home on the towel to help familiarise your puppy with their new environment. Your puppy’s first journey home with you is likely to be a stressful time for them as they are leaving their mother and littermates and may never have been in a car before. Take some paper towels and a plasticm bag too – just in case your puppy gets car-sick.

Where will your puppy sleep?

Before your puppy arrives, you should decide where your puppy’s designated area will be in the home and where they’ll be sleeping at night. Using a puppy pen is a good way to manage their behaviour at bedtime and also helps keep them confined safely when they can’t be supervised. Ensure your play pen is big enough for your puppy to stand up and walk around and has plenty of fresh water and warm bedding.

What else will your puppy need

It’s important to organise a collar and ID tag for your puppy so they can be returned if they ever get lost. Your puppy can quickly outgrow their collar, so keep in mind that they may need another when they start getting bigger. They will also need to be microchipped and registered with your local council. It is no secret that puppies love to chew, so having a few chew toys at your disposal can help prevent your puppy chewing on furniture and your belongings. Make sure these toys are not too hard on your puppy’s teeth. You should also avoid giving your puppy toys that can break and may potentially choke on. You may also need to invest in some grooming tools such as combs and dog friendly shampoos depending on the length of their coat. Long-haired breeds should be groomed regularly in adulthood so it is best your puppy gets used to this process early so it doesn’t become a stressful experience for them later on.

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The health of your puppy

Before your puppy steps in the door, it’s a good idea to start researching the best vets in your local area and also start looking into puppy training schools, groomers and boarding kennels if need be. Once you have found your vet of choice, you should have a chat to them about some of the appointments you’ll need to make. Besides a check-up, your puppy will also need to be taken to the vet for worming, vaccinations, microchipping and potentially neutering. It’s also important to remember that new puppies should be kept away from other dogs until they’ve had all their vaccinations to avoid them getting an infection.

Feeding your puppy

When it comes to feeding your puppy, it is worth doing some research on what nutritional support your puppy will need from their diet. Making sure your puppy is getting the best nutrition from a complete and balanced diet will mean they are getting the support they need while they grow. A high-quality diet, specially formulated for puppies is the best option for your new dog. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with high quality animal proteins and enhanced levels of DHA to help your puppy achieve their mental and physical best. Food can also help you to train your puppy. Treats are an excellent way to encourage your puppy to behave the way you want them to, especially when they are learning the fundamentals of obedience. Many dogs are motivated by food, so using treats as a reward when they are learning to sit or go to the toilet can reinforce good behaviour. Treats will need to be factored into your puppy’s daily food intake so your puppy does not put on excess weight.

Routine is best

Putting in place a set of rules and routine for your puppy as soon as they arrive is a good idea, especially if you are living in a multi-pet household. When your puppy arrives, they will most likely test boundaries by experimenting with various behaviours (good and bad) to figure out what they can get away with. It’s important these rules and routines continue to be enforced to help keep your puppy’s training consistent. Do not get angry in front of your puppy. Positive rewards and encouraging good behaviour, rather than punishment, will help you foster a strong bond, mutual respect and a rewarding relationship with your puppy.

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What is the best food for my puppy?

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The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their growth and development. 

The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their growth and development. A big factor in helping support your puppy during these early years is making sure they are being fed a high-quality diet. The best diet for a puppy will be able to provide them with all the energy they need and will also help support the growth of healthy bones and joints.

What should you feed your puppy?

When it comes to deciding what to feed your puppy, you should ideally choose a high-quality diet formulated for their specific needs - which are different to those of an adult dog. It’s especially important that your puppy is getting the best nutrition in their younger years to pave their way into adulthood, so a complete and balanced diet is key. Ideally, their diet will have high-quality animal based proteins, fats, carbohydrates and dietary fibres as well as important vitamins and minerals necessary to help them achieve their mental and physical best. The best puppy food contains good protein levels to help build and maintain your puppy’s muscle mass. For larger breeds, the best puppy diets are also customised to support a longer growth phase, healthy joints and strong bones. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with high quality animal proteins and enhanced levels of DHA, necessary for the healthy growth of developing puppies so that they can reach their full potential.

How much should your puppy eat?

Puppies have high energy requirements while they are growing, which means they need to eat a lot. However, this doesn’t mean they should eat too much. Ideally, a growing puppy should have their recommended daily intake of food divided into smaller meals throughout the day - the standard recommendation is three. Puppies respond best to routine, so these meals should be served at the same times and place each day. Different size dogs will reach adulthood at different stages of their life and so their diet will need to be tailored accordingly. A gradual transition from a puppy diet tailored for growth to an adult diet tailored for maintenance will allow your puppy to become accustomed to their new diet and minimise any digestive upsets.

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Things you should keep in mind

When it comes to feeding your puppy, you should keep in mind the size they will grow to. Different size dogs will have different nutritional needs and so their diets should be tailored accordingly. Small breed puppies will require higher amounts of energy from fats and protein in a diet to match their higher metabolic rate. Large breed puppies need controlled levels of calcium and phosphorus for strong bone development over their longer growth period. Kibble size also plays an important role in how palatable a diet is. A smaller breed puppy will need a kibble they can easily chew and enjoy. These varying needs is why the Eukanuba™ Puppy range makes a number of different puppy diets for different sized dogs, making sure your new puppy gets everything they need to help them grow into a healthy adult dog. All Eukanuba™ puppy diets are complete and balanced and work best as a sole diet or as a combination of our Eukanuba™ Puppy dry and canned products.

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How much should I feed my puppy?

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The first year of your puppy’s life is when they will be doing most of their growing and this is why their nutrition is so important.

The first year of your puppy’s life is when they will be doing most of their growing and this is why their nutrition is so important. Most puppies will undergo massive growth from birth to fifteen months, so the food they eat should help them develop to their full potential in adulthood. One of the best ways to help keep your puppy at their healthiest as they approach adulthood is to make sure they are getting fed the right amount of food to satisfy their growing needs.

Every breed is different

How much your puppy will need to eat will depend on their age, breed and individual needs. To figure out how much they will need, first take a look at the feeding guide on your dog’s food label. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with high quality animal proteins and enhanced levels of DHA, necessary for the healthy growth of puppies of all sizes. Each of these products has an extensive feeding guide, detailing from six weeks to twenty four months the amount of food your puppy should be eating based on their weight. Generally, it is recommended to feed puppies three smaller meals a day. It is also important to monitor their weight during this time. Sometimes a lack of physical activity or a slower metabolic rate can cause a puppy to need less food than is recommended for them. If you become concerned that they are putting on more weight than is good for them, you may need to decrease the amount you are feeding them. Treats can also be a big component of raising a puppy, especially when it comes to training them. Treats should always be factored into your puppy’s daily calorie intake and should ideally not make up more than 10% of this overall amount. That’s why the Eukanuba Healthy Extras Puppy treats are tailor made for puppies and are designed to complement your puppy’s normal feeding regime.

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Moving on from puppy food

When your puppy begins to reach maturity, you should start planning to transition them from puppy food to adult food. Puppy food is generally much higher in calories to satisfy their higher energy requirements and will usually have additional nutritional supplements to help them during their growth stage. It’s a good idea to talk to your vet about the best time to move on to adult food as this will all depend on your puppy’s breed, size and individual needs. When your puppy is ready to switch, it’s important to gradually transition them to their new diet by slowly adding this food to their current puppy food. Do this over a two week course by mixing their new food in, slowly increasing the amount of adult food while decreasing the amount of puppy food to minimise stomach upsets.

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The best food for senior dogs

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As dogs get older, it can be common for them to experience more health issues. 

As dogs get older, it can be common for them to experience more health issues. These may include ageing joints, illness, delicate digestion and needing help to manage a healthy weight. This is why our Eukanuba™ Senior Diets are specially formulated to help keep your dog at their healthiest as they age.

 

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What a senior dog needs from their diet

As every dog ages, their activity levels typically decrease and their metabolic rate can begin to slow down. If not managed correctly, this can put them at risk of gaining weight which can then lead to further health issues. As well as the increased risk of weight gain, their digestion and overall gastrointestinal health are more likely to need support. This is why our Senior Diets not only have a decreased calorie content, but also contain optimal fibre levels and prebiotics to help promote their overall gastrointestinal health.

 

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Common health issues in senior dogs

Older dogs experience a variety of changes as they begin to reach their senior years. As their body composition changes, some dogs can lose lean muscle mass and gain body fat. Conditions such as arthritis, joint pain and obesity are all more likely to develop as a dog gets older. However, all these conditions can have their effects reduced and sometimes even avoided when a senior dog is fed a high-quality diet that includes certain preventative measures.

Our Eukanuba™ Senior Diets combat this by utilising an increased level of highly digestible animal proteins to support lean muscle mass. The lower calorie count can be beneficial when your senior dog has decreased activity levels as it helps to avoid increased weight gain. Fibres and prebiotics added into our Senior Diets also support their gastrointestinal health and help promote good stool quality.

Older dogs can also suffer from arthritis and joint pain due to many factors, including increased stress on the joints and predispositions. This is why all Eukanuba™ Senior Diets contain natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate, along with omega 3 oils to help reduce joint inflammation and ease your dog’s discomfort.

Dental disease can be another problem for senior pets if they have not had proper dental care during adulthood. All Eukanuba™ Senior Diets include our easy chew kibble with dental defense to help reduce plaque and maintain strong teeth. When experiencing severe dental disease problems, it’s a good idea to discuss some alternative options with your vet. Your pet’s health is very important, so please remember that your dog needs to be examined by a vet at least once a year. It is easier to prevent a health issue, rather than treat one.

 

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Encouraging a senior dog's appetite

Lots of dogs begin to lose their appetite as they age. This can be because theymight not be burning the same amount of energy, so their appetite decreases. For other dogs, it may be because they suffer from dental issues that give them discomfort when they try to eat. Some dogs simply begin to lose their sense of smell and taste, so they are no longer instinctively drawn to their food.

To help overcome these issues, many owners like to include a canned wet food to mix into their pet’s meals. Wet pet food usually has an appetising aroma that helps tempt an older dog and the softer textures make it easier for sensitive teeth to chew. Another option to help entice your senior dog at meal time is to divide up their food into two or three meals a day. This can help make those picky eaters easier to manage and can reduce wastage in the bowl.

 

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Too young to retire

At Eukanuba™, we want your dog to live a long, healthy life doing what they do best - being a dog. This is why we have created a specially formulated range of Senior Diets to help keep your dog in the best possible condition as they age. Check out our Senior Diet range to see how you can keep your older dog away from retirement.

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Best senior dog food for large breeds

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When your dog ages, their eating habits and dietary needs are also likely to change.

When your dog ages, their eating habits and dietary needs are also likely to change. Larger breed dogs can be classified as senior from five years of age and onwards, compared to smaller breeds which can be classified as senior from seven years. Looking into a diet that fits the specific needs of a larger dog can help play an important role in managing some of the health problems that bigger, ageing dogs are more prone to.

It should have fewer calories

Larger dogs usually have a big appetite, but as they age they develop a slower metabolic rate. This means it’s important that their diet has fewer calories but still manages to satisfy their appetite. Ageing dogs can have lower energy levels, so they no longer need a diet that puts this as a priority. This decreased activity means that ageing dogs are prone to weight gain and a diet such as our Senior Large Diet is ideal as it has a lower calorie content.

 

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It should support their joints

Ageing dogs can be prone to developing joint issues, but bigger breeds are much more likely to suffer from joint pain. Large dogs have a big build that is supported by their joints, but if your dog is gaining weight in its older years, this can put extra strain on their already weakening joints. Many larger breeds develop arthritis as they get older, so a diet high in omega fatty acids can help promote good joint health. As bigger breeds need support for their larger frames and hardworking joints, a diet enriched with minerals such as glucosamine can help ease inflammation.

 

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It should maintain their muscle mass

Even though you’ll want to feed your senior large dog a diet lower in calories, you still want to make sure their diet contains enough protein and fat. These are both essential in maintaining healthy muscle mass and energy requirements. However, as dogs age they can often have some trouble metabolising food as efficiently as they once did. That’s why our Senior Large diet includes highly digestible proteins that are easier for them to absorb and utilise in their body.  

As your dog gets older, it’s important to consider switching them over to a diet that better meets their changing needs. Eukanuba™ Senior Large Diet helps with these new needs and can assist with joint health and prevent weight gain to make sure your senior dog is getting everything they need from their diet.

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Caring for a senior dog

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Thanks to better dietary options and veterinary care, dogs are now living longer and more fulfilling lives.  However, dogs are now facing some age-related health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and gastrointestinal issues.

Thanks to better dietary options and veterinary care, dogs are now living longer and more fulfilling lives.  However, dogs are now facing some age-related health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and gastrointestinal issues. Therefore, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with how best to look after your dog in its older years.

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Choose the right diet  

A diet that supports the needs of your ageing dog is essential to keeping them healthy and feeling good. Older dogs won’t require the same amount of calories in their meal as a younger dog that needs to maintain high energy levels. If an older dog is fed a high calorie diet it may lead to weight gain, as many older dogs are less active and have a much slower metabolic rate. Our Senior Large Diets also contain optimal levels of fibre and prebiotics to help assist their digestion. Many older dogs may suffer from constipation and other gastrointestinal issues, so feeding them a diet with added fibre and prebiotics can help keep them regular.

Lots of senior dogs may also lose their appetite. This can be due to their fading sense of smell and taste. If this seems to be the case, mixing in some wet food to their usual meal can help tempt them due to the enticing aromas that wet food gives off. If they are still not eating, another issue may be to blame, so a trip to the vet is a good idea to rule out anything of concern.  

 

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Support their dental health

Dogs of all ages can suffer from dental problems but dental issues are even more common in older dogs. Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to gum infections, and it can be painful for your dog to eat at mealtimes. All Eukanuba™ Senior Diets use an S-shaped kibble that helps scrape away plaque deposits on your dog’s teeth as they chew. Our kibble is also coated in sodium polyphosphates that binds calcium in your dog’s saliva to stop tartar formation. Dental issues can also have the potential to lead to bigger problems, as many more serious concerns such as kidney disease can first present themselves as dental infections. If you’re finding your dog is struggling to chew or their breath is foul smelling, a trip to the vet should be your first point of call to rule out anything serious.

 

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Don’t skimp on the exercise

Even though older dogs may lack energy, exercising is important to keep them in shape. Exercise also helps maintain your dog’s muscle tone and joint health. As arthritis is a common issue for older dogs, making sure they’re getting a solid workout is a good way to help stop their joints from further deteriorating. But it’s important to not overdo exercise, as your older dog doesn’t have the same energy levels as it once did. Be sure to choose a comfortable walking pace for your dog and take them for gentle walks that aren’t too strenuous.

The day will come when your dog starts to show signs of ageing. Making sure you give your dog that little extra support to prevent any age-related health issues is important. Maintaining regular exercise and introducing a diet best suited to their life stage can keep your dog living well in their late teens.

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Top tips for senior dog exercising

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As dogs age, they can eventually become much more sedentary and won’t show the same high energy levels as they once did.

As dogs age, they can eventually become much more sedentary and won’t show the same high energy levels as they once did.  Even though you may think your dog is happy relaxing all day, it’s important to not skip regular exercise, as it is one of the best things you can do for your older dog’s health. Lack of exercise can make an older dog much more prone to weight gain and obesity, which can lead to an increased risk of other health issues, such as diabetes.

Check in with your vet

It’s important that you take your dog in for a checkup with their vet if you are considering a change to your dog’s exercise regime. This is especially the case if you are noticing your dog has put on some extra weight or if you see your dog struggling to get up because of sore joints.  

 

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Take it slow

An older dog won’t have the same energetic streak as they once did, so whether you are introducing regular exercise into their routine or readjusting their activity needs, you should take it slow. Take your dog for short, gentle walks at a pace that’s comfortable for them. It is important to be careful and keep an eye out for signs of fatigue and breathing, as you don’t want to overexert your dog.

How much exercise is too much?

The level of exercise your older dog requires depends on several factors, such as whether they are used to exercising, weight gain and certain health issues. Most of the time you will be able to tell when your dog has reached their limit and needs to take a break. Excessive panting or drooling can mean your dog is under a lot of stress and is heavily dehydrated. This can happen when the weather is hot, so don’t take your dog out to exercise in the heat. Limping or favouring one leg can be a sign to stop as it may mean they are experiencing inflammation or joint pain. Coughing can be a sign of heart or airway issues that are often common in senior dogs. Repeated coughing can be distressing for your pet, so if this keeps happening it’s a good idea to check in with your vet.

 

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Keep it interesting

To keep your dog interested in exercise, mixing up their usual regime can help. Besides walking, if your older dog can handle a short jog this can help give their joints a solid workout and help maintain their muscle tone. Swimming is also great for older dogs as it is a low impact workout that puts less pressure on their joints, which is especially good for dogs suffering arthritis.

Exercising your dog is important at any age. As your dog gets older, you should keep adjusting their exercise routine to suit their changing needs. This could mean exercising more or going for gentle walks around the block every second day. It’s important for owners of older dogs to know just how much exercise their pet needs.

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