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Drinking and eating regime in an older dog.

Discussion in 'Dog Food and Diet' started by Lucas955, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. Lucas955

    Lucas955 New Member Registered

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    Hello. I want to ask. In older Jack Russel dogs over 10, how often would you combine granules, cooked meat with side dishes and vegetables and fruits with something dairy? It came to me as the best combination most often give meat, offal + vegetables and side dish, occasionally the granules themselves and quite rarely need white yogurt with black fruit. I don't want to feed him just granules, I don't trust them. Thanks for the feedback. PS: when my dog occasionally knock his feet but not winter what it can be that he lacks muscles ??? How much should a dog about 7-8kg drink at low load when not hot water? He doesn't drink much just when he eats something salty or running. I force him by giving him meat and side dishes in it give enough water-it's like a broth then a lot of water. But I do not know that it is not too much fluid also harms. Thank you
     
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    Jack Russells can go on for a long time so I don't think you need to adjust his diet for his age. Just give what has worked for him in the past, but keep an eye on his weight - you might have to reduce his portions if he gains weight.

    I assume by granules you mean kibble? It's not possible to say how much of each he should have as kibble is intended to be a complete meal, and many people who feed meat and vegetables don't feed kibble at all. But it sounds like he's getting a good variety of foods, which is great.

    Offal should generally make up about 10% of the diet, but if you give too much you can normally tell from the sloppy poos - if the poos are nice and firm but not too hard, you're getting it right.

    What is black fruit?

    I'm not sure what you mean by him knocking his feet - at a guess, this could indicate a problem with a knee joint, maybe luxating patella. Have a look at this video showing luxating patella in a Jack Russell to see if it looks similar:

    You say he drinks when he eats something salty - salt can be harmful for their kidneys so depending on what this is, you might want to reduce or remove it from his diet. Chances are that he's getting all the water he needs from the wet food but what you could do is to 'flavour' his normal drinking water with some meat juices till he chooses to drink it, then very gradually reduce the amount of meat until it's pretty much just water. This might get him back into the habit of drinking again without encouraging him to drink too much.

    But either way, you'd really need to take him to a vet to be diagnosed and treated.
     
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    So I know for small dogs it's not that old. But 10 years is already some age and it seems to me that after 10 years it has hit him. As I wrote occasionally his legs were knocking. The food I want for him quality so I do not believe granules. I gave the fruit fresh with white yogurt, but only occasionally. The basis was meat + offal + side dish and raw and cooked vegetables. Occasionally various premium / premium premium granules etc ..Salty doesn't get much but if it's a little salty he just drinks. He just doesn't have much need to drink. The solution is that I give him enough liquid in the form of broth with meat, vegetables and side dish. Such as soup. But not to drink too much.
     
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    If at least there were real tests of granules and declarations of what and how they produce it, so that I could from time to time include more granules. But I don't believe in granules or super premiums.
     
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    I wouldn't call being 10 in the terrier world as old. All of mine were like spring chickens at that age. The one I've still got with me now is 17 years old, still jogging when we go out. She had cancer for the past 2 years and eats what the hell she likes. So I wouldn't call 10 as being old for a terrier
     
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