Senior Foods for Dogs
As your dog ages he may benefit from a senior diet. While not much is known about the nutrition of older dogs, we know:
- First, older dogs are more sedentary and require fewer calories (i.e., lower fat)
- Second, older dogs may benefit from a diet lower in phosphorus
- Third, a moderate level of fiber in the diet helps prevent constipation and maintain gastro-intestinal health
- Fourth, the food should be very palatable to encourage adequate food intake
Again, because different sized dogs age at different rates there is no one age to begin feeding your dog a senior diet.
Generally seven years is a good rule of thumb, with giant breeds starting earlier (around five years) and small and toy breeds starting later (around eight or nine years).