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Wide variety in nutritional content found in 'senior' dog foods
Date:3/16/2011

t and if you do decide to change to a senior food, talk to your veterinarian, because these foods are not all the same. It's important to select one that is right for each dog."

Although it is anecdotally speculated that many aspects of human aging are similar in dogs and that their nutritional needs also change with age, few studies have investigated this issue. Drs. Hutchinson and Freeman are continuing their research in this important area to help determine optimal nutritional levels for aging dogs.

As in people, the nutritional requirements cannot be universally applied to all senior pets. While some studies have suggested that aging dogs may lose weight and lean body mass, as people often do, others may gain weight as their activity levels and metabolisms slow. As a result, one senior dog may need more protein and calories than anotherone more reason to check with your veterinarian to talk through which diets might work best, Freeman says.


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Contact: Tom Keppeler
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Tufts University, Health Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

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