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Q. As dogs fed a raw diet age, does the diet have to change? If so, at what age?
Hi Cindy,

I'm sure with all the emails that you get, you might not remember me, but you and Ed have been a great help to our family. Your advice, videos, products, and web site helped us to raise a beautiful, well behaved Lab. Jake is now six years old and has been on a raw diet (your exact weekly menu) and the vitamins you recommend since he was about four months old.

I know that as cats and dogs get older, they need - and should have - less protein in their diets. As dogs fed a raw diet age, does the diet have to change? And if so, at what age?

I know how busy you are, so perhaps you can recommend a book that discusses this. Thanks so much!

Best,
Cherie

A. I don't change the diet for my older dogs, except to maybe alter the portion sizes as needed to keep them at a healthy weight or I may offer ground raw food & bones if they lose their teeth as they age.

I may also add some joint support, if they are showing some arthritis (i.e. Comfort aches, Syn-Flex, Soothe Joints).

The best books for learning about the raw diet are and Natural Nutrition for Dogs & Cats. We used to give both these books to our puppy customers and rarely got questions about the diet. One of the newer feeding books we offer is Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs. This title covers homemade cooked & raw diets complete with recipes. I highly recommend all these books.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes
  
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