Can I Switch My Senior Dog To a Raw Diet?
The answer is YES!
Many pet owners think switching their senior dog’s diet late in their lives might be too big of a change for them and that their dog’s bodies won’t react well. In fact, it's actually the complete opposite. It is never too late to switch your dog to a raw food diet.
As dogs age, they experience more injuries and health issues/conditions, which are often amplified by a processed diet that contains bad fats, fillers and low protein. Over time this will lead our dogs to slow down & show signs of poor health such as:
Switching your senior dog to a high quality and balanced raw diet, can help prevent many of these issues or stop further damage. Feeding a natural & balanced raw diet to your senior pet, they will experience the same benefits as a young or middle age dog, improving their overall health & vitality. Some of the benefits of a raw diet include:
What to expect during the transition to a raw dog food diet.
Detoxification is defined as the natural process in which the body releases toxins through the exterior of the body, as a way of cleansing the tissue & organs. Some dogs may go through this during the transition to raw food, especially if they have been kibble fed for a most of their lives.
Compared to younger dogs, older dogs are more likely to have a little longer detoxification period. If symptoms occur, do not worry. This is usually a positive sign their body is releasing toxins. Just like humans, the body needs to make room for all the new & improved nutrients.
Symptoms of detox your dog might experience include:
When switching from kibble to a raw diet, you can expect to see major changes in your pet’s feces which includes the size, consistency, smell and colour.
Your dog's stool can tell you a lot about your pet’s overall health & wellness.