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The Aging Dog's Diet Right
Domesticated and dependent upon
their owners for food, today's dogs are amply fed, right to the point
of obesity, yet they often develop a number of deficiencies from their
improperly balanced diets. The advent over the past decade of
nutritionally "complete" or "balanced" commercial dog foods has
drastically reduced the incidence of dietary deficiencies. Today such
nutritional problems are seen mostly in dogs who are fed homemade diets
or a diet of table scraps and leftovers.
Incorrect dog food recipes often lead to constipation. Repeated bouts
of constipation can slowly stretch the rectal muscles, causing
permanent dilatation and resulting in chronic constipation. Once this
occurs, your dog will need frequent enemas as well as fecal softeners
to help him eliminate. The increased time the stool remains in the
colon and rectum will allow bacteria that normally live there to act on
the stool, causing putrefaction and excessive gas production.
As your dog grows older, the muscles of the colon and rectum may lose
some of their ability to propel and expel feces adequately during a
bowel movement. Reduction in stomach and intestinal digestive
secretions can produce a bulkier, firmer stool as can diets very high
in dry food content if there is insufficient water intake. Your dog
will squat and strain to force the fecal mass slowly out. She may cry
from the discomfort.
Prostatic disease can mechanically cause constipation as the prostate
gland enlarges and presses up against the floor of the rectum.
Similarly, tumors in the rectum or on the anus can interfere with the
passage of feces. Any dog may have an isolated difficult bowel movement
on occasion. This should be no cause for alarm if he is otherwise in
good health and there is no bleeding or excessive pain.
Poor nutrition, whether from dietary deficiencies or excesses, has a
significantly negative effect on your dog's ability to remain in good
health. Resistance to infection is lowered, as is the production of
antibodies, allowing infectious agents to multiply rapidly and spread.
The resulting fever, diarrhea, or other manifestations of illness, more
than likely will make your dog less interested in eating, thus
increasing the state of malnutrition.
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