Advice on Senior Dog Food

On average dogs reach senior age when they are 8 years old. As we get older we start to slow down and become vulnerable to illness. It is same for our four legged friends. Nutrition plays a vital role to ensure healthy living. Senior dog food which have health benefits specific to age are beneficial to dogs as they get older.

The key nutritional areas for senior dogs are:

  • Use of quality ingredients for easy digestion
  • Strengthen immune response via nutrition
  • Reduce rate of degradation of various body structures
  • Support organ functionality

It is recommended that a dog’s diet is gradually changed when they reach around 8 years-old to accommodate their changing needs.

Your dog can’t tell you if he’s feeling his age, but like us, he may find his bones are starting to ache and his digestion slows down.

The best thing you can do is tailor his diet to meet his changing needs. Be careful how much you feed your senior dog as they are prone to weight gain due to being less active. Monitor their weight and adjust their feeding portions accordingly.Senior dogs need less energy but high quality protein and fat. They need protein with high digestibility (like meat protein) so it can be broken down in to smaller and easy to absorb components. Fats should also be of high quality with adequate levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Butcher’s Senior dog food is a specially formulated recipe made with high quality easily absorbable ingredients which provide older dogs with a nutritious and appetising meal. Butcher’s Senior dog food in both our foil tray and the canned recipes have added chicory to make it easier to digest. Chicory acts as a prebiotic encouraging a healthy digestive tract.

Our Senior dog food range recipes contain:

  • Salmon oil – used in our canned Senior dog food. Salmon oil is high in omega-3 which is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This is why it works so well to ease symptoms of joint pain.
  • Added rice to ease transition through the gut – to support older dogs which tend to have more sluggish digestion.
  • Sunflower oil – used in our canned Senior dog food recipes in Alu-Tray. Sunflower oil is a great source of omega-6 for a healthy coat.

So if your dog is nearing towards their senior years, it’s important to make changes to their diet so you can support their changing nutritional needs. This will help keep your dog happy and healthy as they get older.

Tips on feeding a senior dog

Your senior dog may be used to 2 meals a day, they may start to prefer to be fed senior dog food little and often, therefore smaller portions. This may be easier for their digestion system as they get older.

Remember your dog is prone to weight gain as they get older so monitor their weight and adjust their senior dog food intake if you have to.