Senior dogs have different nutritional needs to puppies and adult dogs. Learn why an age-specific food is the best diet for senior dogs.

When is my dog considered a senior?

While each dog will start to move into the senior phase of their life at slightly different ages depending on their breed, the age of seven is a time that sees many dogs hit their senior stride. Large and giant breed dogs can move into this phase a little earlier, while toy and smaller breeds will shift to the senior category a bit later in life.

Of course, there will always be exceptions to this rule, but this can be used as a guide to help you decide when to transition your dog onto a senior diet.

Your local Greencross Vets will be able to help you determine when your dog transitions into senior territory. They’ll give your senior dog a comprehensive health check and provide advice on their nutritional requirements.


Why do dogs need age-specific diets?

As your dog ages, their body will see some changes that require an update to their diet. For example, you may have noticed that your senior dog is not as energetic as they used to be. Their metabolism is probably slowing down and they may be starting to experience other issues with their mobility and vision.

Senior diets are specifically formulated to help support your dog’s ageing body.

What should I feed my senior dog?

The best senior dog food is one that is complete and balanced and formulated with their key nutritional requirements in mind. Like super premium dog food.

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As your dog’s energy levels decrease and their metabolism slows, they will be more likely to gain weight. Senior diets have a different balance of protein and fat than adult dog food formulations.

Older pets have a higher risk of developing joint disease, so many age-specific diets add ingredients that improve joint health. Ingredients containing glucosamine and fatty acids, such as Omega-3 and 6, are common additions.

Look for senior dog food that contains vitamins like vitamin A to help their vision and their brain function, keeping your dog brighter and more active for longer.

Feel free to chat to your local Petbarn team members to find out more about our range of foods for older pets and ask for advice on the best senior dog food for your beloved pet.