As dogs get older nutrition becomes increasingly important to maintain optimal wellbeing. Much like humans, every dog will age differently. The ageing process can depend on a variety of factors including breed, genetics and general health. Although manufacturers generally recommend moving your dog onto a senior feed at or near 7 years of age, individual needs make it difficult to recommend a specific age that will suit all dogs.
Autarky’s Mature-Lite range has been specifically formulated by one of Britain’s leading canine nutritionists to meet the changing requirements of dogs as they get older, but it can be difficult to determine when to make the swap.
There are 4 main questions that may help guide the timing of a change onto an Autarky Mature-Lite range product:
- Is your dog at a healthy body weight?
As dogs get older they often become less active, and/or their metabolism slows, making them more prone to weight gain. Recommendations from the National Research Council suggest that older dogs need 20% fewer calories to maintain a healthy bodyweight compared to younger dogs. Autarky Mature-Lite feeds are formulated using the highest-quality ingredients to create a lower fat, lower calorie ration, making them fantastic for dogs who are a little over-conditioned. Although older dogs may not be as active as they were in their youth, it is still important to maintain an exercise level appropriate for the individual. Even gentle exercise can maintain fitness, which may help keep dogs looking and feeling younger for longer.
- Would your dog benefit from additional joint support?
Years of high-level activity may cause a degree of wear in joints and the incidence of stiffness is higher in older dogs. Autarky Mature-Lite feeds provide additional support for joint mobility and function, including glucosamine, to help keep your dog feeling their best.
- Would you like to give your dog a little extra support or wellbeing?
As your dog gets older they can become more prone to issues and ailments in many-body systems. Dull coats, reduced energy levels, or digestive disturbances may be warning signs that something is grumbling underneath the surface. Most ongoing conditions will need a trip to the vet and may need medicinal intervention. Autarky Mature-Lite feeds contain specific support supplements to help maintain holistic wellbeing through the golden years, including a blend of natural fibre sources to support a healthy digestive system and high levels of essential fatty acids and B vitamins to support skin and coat condition. Autarky feeds in general also include a unique package of natural antioxidants to support your dog’s continued maintenance of physiological systems.
- Is your dog enjoying his current food?
Often older dogs have a decreased appetite. Although this can be due to dental issues that require veterinary intervention, it can also be due to reduced perception of taste. Autarky Mature-Lite feeds come in two enticing flavours, Succulent Salmon and Delicious Chicken, with taste and aroma perfect to tempt even the fussiest of eaters. If you have any concerns about the health of your dog’s gums or teeth, it is important to seek veterinary advice.
If you think that your dog would benefit from a senior feed, the Autarky Mature-Lite range will give you peace of mind that your dog is receiving natural, balanced nutrition to help keep them in the great shape for as long as possible.
Autarky offers 100% natural goodness with added herbs for extra palatability. Try the goodness of Autarky today by visiting our stockist locator to find your nearest store or search for ‘Autarky’ online.