Many dogs can start to have dental problems as they age if their teeth are not taken care of properly. When dental issues become serious, all a dog can do is stand over the food bowl and salivate; it is often just too painful to eat. Periodontal disease is one of the most widespread diseases in dogs, and it is estimated that 80% of senior dogs have it. The tissue surrounding a dog’s teeth becomes infected and inflamed and can lead to not only bad breath, but major health problems throughout the body. Seriously ill dogs might also t run a fever or their body temperature may drop to below normal.
Changing their diet may be an option but be sure to make the change gradually. It is not good to constantly switch our foods, but occasionally it can help them stay interested in their diet.
Raw fruits and vegetables can be great healthy low-calorie treats for them but, certain foods should be avoided including raw potatoes as they contain oxalates that can harm the nervous and digestive systems. Grapes, raisins,avocado, ice cream, lemons, tomatoes, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, nutmeg and persimmons can cause us problems and chocolate as well as Xylitol, in artificial sweeteners, are also very toxic to dogs and can even cause death in large quantities. Dogs of course, love the fat trimmings, but excessive amounts can cause pancreatitis. Chicken bone scan be dangerous as dogs can easily choke on them. Raw food diets can be a good option for many dogs and raw meat bones are included in the diet, however, I do recommend supervision of dogs that eat raw meat bones. Any change in appetite or bowel movements can be a sign of a potential problem. www.seniordogbooks.com