The problems associated with ageing will vary with each individual dog. There will be the steady deterioration in cells, cell systems, organs and outward appearance. There may well be a reduced immune function, loss of cognitive abilities and loss of sensory perception. The need for rest increases and this reduction in exercise can lead to many other problems. And there could be problems with sleeping and a reduced ability to cope with stress and / or change of routine.
However, there are some things that can be done to put off and / or slow down this ageing process. With a life-time approach on things like: calorie restriction – never allowing your dog to become overweight; optimum nutrition – always feed a quality (Trophy) Premium dog food; making time for and ensuring that your dog gets plenty of regular exercise; ensuring that your dogs food provides plenty of natural antioxidants that support the immune function (just like Trophy Premium Dog Foods do); and finally, it may well be advisable to neuter your dog.
Life expectancy will, of course, depend on genetics, breed, environment, life-style and nutrition. Smaller breeds do tend to live longer than larger breeds (Deeb and Wolf 1994), but by having this life-time approach it may help slow down the ageing process.
There are certain myths about the older dog that research has shown not to be the case: there is no evidence, for example, that digestibility deteriorates with age, protein requirements do not have to decrease, in fact for a normal older dog, where it is important to maintain muscle mass, protein is essential. Energy requirements do not always have to decrease in old age, again, as well exercised older dog, will still have a need for a moderate amount of energy. And finally we may well accept a decline in cognitive function but optimum nutrition and mental stimulation can help to offset this.
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