As our dogs get older, it gets hard to watch our once very active, furry friends begin to slow down. When your dog starts to approach their senior years, you’ll need to talk to your vet about changing your old pup’s diet and nutrition, which includes their treats.
To keep your senior healthy, you might need to switch your old dog’s treats to ones that may be lower in fat, are softer and easier to chew, are beneficial to your pet’s oral health, and contain ingredients that support your pet’s aging joints.
It’s not always easy finding treats that are both healthy and appetizing. Luckily, there are plenty options made for senior dogs that are formulated for those with different needs, such as a grain free diets, or chews that are soft for dogs who have dental issues and can’t eat crunchy treats.
Here are five of pet parents’ favorite treats that senior dogs love!
1. Liver Flavored Hip And Joint Soft Chews
This supplement is intended for any dogs over eighteen weeks of age, but they’re ideal for your senior pet. These chewy, liver flavored treats are easy to give to your pet and are soft for your senior dog’s teeth. They contain ingredients to help not only your dog’s hips and joints, but for their bones as well.
This formula includes MSM, glucosamine, and chondroitin to help improve mobility, as well as joint and cartilage health. The treats also contain several vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and manganese, which helps improve joint lubrication and healthy bones.
2. Joint Health Chews For Large Dogs
The brand Nutramax has created a specifically designed formula called Dasuquin, to support joint health. The chews come in two sizes of bags and are formulated for large and giant breeds.
Ingredients include chondroitin, ASU, and glucosamine to help support regeneration of cartilage and aid in blocking the enzymes which cause damage to cartilage. These chews are soft enough for even the most senior dogs to comfortably eat and enjoy!
3. Grain-Free Soft And Chewy Treats
Is your senior dog is on a grain-free diet? If so, this treat is perfect for your pup! They don’t contain any artificial colors or by-products like soy, corn, or wheat.
You can use these treats as a supplement or even as a reward during a training session! They’re made with real peanuts and chicken, making them irresistible to your dog!
Best of all, these easy-to-eat treats will help add protein to your aging dog’s diet to help support their muscles.
4. Crunchy Senior Dog Treats
If your senior dog still has teeth strong enough for crunchy treats, then this is the perfect treat for them!
Also, as your dog ages, they may not have the best oral health anymore. Classic Milk-Bone treats are known for their use in keeping your pet’s breath smelling fresh and for removing plaque and tartar, thanks to their crunchy texture.
These treats are formulated for senior dogs and contain chondroitin and glucosamine, both of which help to maintain joint and hip health in your aging dog. With their 21 different vitamins and minerals, they’re also helpful in supporting bone health in dogs, especially those over seven years of age.
5. Beef Flavored Hip And Joint Dog Treats
Does your senior dog still have the energy of a puppy? Well, these treats are made just for those dogs!
These soft beef flavored treats are all natural and contain ingredients such as beef, chicken, turmeric, cherries, and peanut butter. They never contain wheat, corn, or soy, making this an excellent choice for a healthy treat.
A unique ingredient in this treat is eggshell membrane, which along with chondroitin and glucosamine, helps to keep your senior dog mobile and active while also improving their joint health.
What soft and chewy treats does your senior dog enjoy? Which treats do you recommend for older pups? Let us know in the comments below!
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