As your dog starts to get older, their nutritional needs begin to change. This means that you will have to adjust your senior dog’s diet to better suit their life stage, in an effort to keep them at their best. Here’s our guide to making changes to your senior dog’s diet to keep them in top condition.
Different ages and stages
Each dog will start to move into the senior phase of their life at slightly different times. 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 make decisions on your pet’s diet. Your local Greencross Vets will be able to offer you advice on your pet’s life stage and the nutritional requirements that go hand in hand.
Age-specific dog food
Once your dog has moved into the ‘senior’ category, they will see some changes that require an update to their diet. This is why it’s good to feed your pet a Super Premium pet food targeted at senior dogs, as they are formulated with key nutritional requirements in mind. As your dog’s energy levels decrease and their metabolism slows, they will be more likely to gain weight, so senior Super Premium dog foods include a different balance of protein and fat to that of the adult premium dog food formulations. As an older pet has a higher risk of issues with their joints, age-specific pet foods include ingredients that also promote joint health. These formulations made for senior dogs will often include vitamins such as Omega-3 and vitamin A to help their vision and their brain function, too. A Super Premium pet food created with your senior pet’s life stage in mind is a great way to ensure they are receiving all the nutrients they need.
Feel free to chat to your local Petbarn team member to find out more about the range of foods for senior pets.