Cooking For A Senior Dog

Did you know that today is National Cook For Your Pets Day? Quite a few people are making their own dog food these days. There are some definite benefits to this. You’ll know exactly what Fido is eating, and can customize his food to fit his tastes or needs. However, dog food recipes are definitely not one-size-fits-all. Fido’s nutritional needs also change over time. Here, a Frisco, TX vet discusses cooking for senior dogs.

Picky Eaters

We may like to joke about Fido having a bottomless pit for a stomach, but many pups actually lose their zeal for food as they age. This can happen for several reasons. Dental problems are one concern. Tooth pain can definitely take a bite out of your canine pal’s appetite! Mobility is also something to consider. If Fido has a hard time reaching his food bowl, he may just give up. Gastrointestinal issues and other medical problems can also cause a decrease in appetite. Contact your vet if your pet seems to have lost interest in dinner.

Nutritional Needs

Our four-legged friends often lose both weight and muscle mass in their golden years. At this stage in your canine buddy’s life, proper nutrition really becomes key to supporting his joint health, and helping build and maintain lean muscle. Most senior dogs need a lot of protein in his diet. This should come from animal sources, such as chicken, lamb, or fish. That said, every pooch is different. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


It’s also important to choose ingredients that will be easy for Fido to digest. Chicken and rice are often on the top of the list here. However, keep in mind that these things alone won’t offer your furry friend all the nutrition his aging body needs. A balanced doggy diet will also contain safe fruits and veggies, such as spinach, carrots, and blueberries, as well as healthy fats.


Your canine pal will need a specific mix of protein, fat, fiber, and moisture, as well as key vitamins and minerals. While you may find lots of recipes online, they may not be safe or suitable for your furry pal. Before cooking for your pooch, have your vet look over recipes, and ask for specific recommendations.

Do you have questions about your four-legged friend’s diet or care? Contact us, your local Frisco, TX pet hospital, today!

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