Again, check with your vet if you are in the least concerned about your dog's appetite. One way to increase the smell- and taste-appeal of food is to warm it. It is, in fact, recommended that you always present food to your Pom that is at room temperature rather than directly from the refrigerator. Warming food in the microwave - taking care that it is not too hot- or dribbling warm, low-sodium chicken broth on top can make it more appealing and easier to chew.
You will want to carefully choose which supplements to give to your Pom, as an excess amount of something that is normally beneficial may create an imbalance in your dog's overall nutritional status. There are a lot of canine supplement products and it is not uncommon for owners to be confused about what is needed during the senior years.
Here are some to consider that we have found to work excellent:
- Glucosamine HCl & Mucopolysaccharides - for joint health and increased mobility
- Biotin- Plays an important role is maintaining healthy skin and coat, helps with digestion, muscles health and to help the body use glucose as an energy source.
- Green lipped mussel - Helps canines regain mobility, helps with arthritic symptoms, keeps symptoms at bay
- Methylsulfonylmethane - Works to remove toxins from the body, rejuvenates hair, skin and nails. Also helps with allergies.
- Lactobacillus - Improves digestive health, prevents loose bowels, boosts the immune system, reduces gas & bad breath, helps with hair loss
Hydration Issues for Older Poms
While offering water may seem like a 'no brainer', staying adequately hydrated can be a challenge for a senior dog. The main problem with many older dogs is that they tend to forget to drink, or, due to arthritis or joint pain, they have trouble getting up and moving around, so they avoid going to the water bowl. Even a mild state of dehydration can be dangerous for a senior dog.
The recommendations are: (1) thoroughly wash and re-fill your dog's water bowl several times a day. (2) Set out several water bowls in locations that your dog can reach easily. (3) Deliver the water bowl to your Pom and encourage him/her to drink if you notice that your Pom has not drank in a while (2 hours or so).
Because an older Pom's kidneys may not be functioning as well as when the dog was younger, impure water is often not tolerated. As we recommend with Poms of all ages, filtering the water is the best method to ensure that your Pom is not ingesting harmful substances. Tap water - legally - can contain a slew of contaminants ranging from factory run off to pesticides. Placing a filter on your kitchen tap is a great method to deliver fresh, clean water.