When you dog begins to age, just like those of us who are aging, your dog's body begins to change and his needs are changing, even his nutrient needs are changing. The same foods that he ate growing up are no longer going to fill those needs.
Whether you have a bulldog or a chihuahua it won't matter, you will probably have to come up with a way to change his eating habits. He may not like this and even reject the changes, but they are necessary in order for your senior dog to remain healthy.
The first thing you need to remember that there are four basic things that your dog is always going to need no matter how old he gets. These types of nutrient needs will never change. The first thing is protein and this helps turn your dogs food into the energy he needs to function. You dog also needs to style get plant carbohydrates, this is another good source for energy.
You will also need to make sure that your dog still gets some sort of fats in his diet to help keep his skin and his hair healthy. Fats will also help his digestion and keeps his body temperature at an even keel. You will also need to make sure that he gets plenty vitamins and minerals. These two things will help your dog process the fats, carbohydrates and proteins that you give him in his diet.
It is important that as your dog begins to age that you keep close tabs on looking for problems related to eating. Generally, when a problem begins to arise is the time that you need to start adjusting his diet. Generally, a healthy dog that is getting old doesn't really have to change much of the foods he eats from when he was younger.
If you start noticing that there might be some problems with some vital organs as he is getting older then this is a sign that you probably should increase the amount of proteins that he is receiving. By increasing his protein levels you can help his heart as well as his kidneys work better.
Should your dog exhibit signs of cancer or even has been given the diagnosis of cancer you are going to have to change his diet. You can purchase senior dog foods that can actually slow down some kinds of tumors and will help you dog want to eat more. Some dogs with cancer will lose their appetites.
If you notice that your dog is having problems with his teeth and gums you should consider getting him a dry food that is called Prescription T/D. This food is specially formulated to help to clean your dogs teeth as he is eating. You will need to go to your vet in order to get a prescription for this kind of dog food.
You should also talk to your vet and see if he feels that you should make any significant changes in your dogs diet that will help him be healthier and happier in his golden years.