This may sound overly pampering but my 3-yr old lab is taking much longer to eat & chew these days (and she's gotten past the puppy days of gobbling down her food in 1 min flat), should I switch her to senior food, moisten her food before giving it to her, or simply not worry about it? (I use the Nutra Brand dry food for large breed dogs). All Thoughts Welcome -- Thank You!
generally speaking this is little need to ever go to a senior food. they are mostly (though not all) a gimmick and unecessary.
make sure her teeth are ok, that there is nothing stuck or broken/injured tooth (or hurt gum). The last dog I had knew that slowed in their eating/chewing that was the issue. If not, try soaking the food.
Three is still very young for a lab.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
I agree with Tanya. Check her teeth over thoroughly.
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
Agree with checking teeth/mouth. It could also be she is going off the food. Have you smelled it to be sure it is not going rancid? Checked the expiration date on the bag?
I'd agree with the others, have her teeth checked first. Any veterinary dentists in your area? List of ACVD Dentists
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this is how bentley is with his dog food and he just turned 1 yesterday we got his teeth checked out they were fine the vet said he was probley just savoring his food my uncles rottweiler usually does the same thing but she lays down as she eats but i agree check her teeth
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Some dogs live to eat, others eat to live. If you can rule out health issues, I'd stick w/ the current food. 3 yrs is a baby still! I've never fed a senior food, even at 13+.
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014