The various characteristics and habits of dogs have evolved over millions of years, shaped by needs and necessities of the time. One of their nature is to consume large quantities of food in single sitting. It most probably evolved to ensure sufficient energy and nutrition, for the rest of day.
Times have changed. The pooch is feed properly, at regular intervals, and enough of nutrition – including carbohydrate, proteins, fats, micro and micro elements is ensured. However, the old age habit of dogs continues! Therefore, you should monitor their diet, to prevent un-healthy weight gain or in-digestion.
Size & Longevity Co-relation:
There are a multitude of factors that affect the longevity and onset of maturity of our adorable pooches. It includes type of breed, weight to size ratios among others. For example, mini dogs start aging at 8 years of age, medium dogs at 7 years and maxi dogs at 5 years.
In general, a dog is mature at 50% of its life expectancy.
Phases of Maturity in Dogs:
There are two invisible phases in their maturity.
Phase 1: It starts in almost the middle of the expected life span. The effects of aging are less profound and visible.
Phase 2: This phase starts at about two-thirds of their life expectancy. As expected, the effects are more profound and apparent.
Similar to humans, their aging is also a slow, gradual process. It can be observed from the behavior of senior pooch. The first signs, which are similar across the spectrum of dogs, include the following:
Others Signs of Aging:
Senior Dogs Feed:
As pooch get older, they show dis-interest in food. You should either switch to senior wet food or try smaller pieces of feed. The senior dog feed should contain the right amount of very high quality, highly digestible protein to maintain their vitality, coat health and facilitate proper digestion.
We all wish our pooch, to live forever! To ensure longevity to our pooch life, you should provide age appropriate feed and take care of their vital needs.