Best Dog Food for Senior Dogs

All dogs change as they get older: they might not play or run as much, or more health issues might arise in them. While this is inevitable, there are steps dog owners can take to prolong their pooch's health! Here, our Austell vets share some of the bed dog food for senior dogs.

Why Change their food?

Just like puppies, senior dogs have different nutritional needs than healthy, adult dogs. If you've noticed signs that your dog is slowing down with age, it's the right time to start thinking about some dietary changes too.

If your dog isn't using as much energy, they don't need to be eating as many calories in a day. Changing your dog's food to a low-calorie alternative can help combat unhealthy weight gain that puts unnecessary stress on your dog's joints, and causing them pain and discomfort.

Adding a bit more protein to their diet can help support healthy muscles which in turn helps support their joint health. Loss of muscle tissue may also impair immune fusion and decrease the body's ability to respond to physical trauma and infections.

What Type of Dog Food Is Best?

In order to support organ health, cognitive ability, and physical activeness, our veterinarians recommend the following components in your dog's diet:

  • High-protein
  • High-fiber
  • Low Calorie
  • Low-fat
  • Low in sodium
  • No high-risk preservatives

Every dog is different so it would be beneficial to speak with your veterinarian to discuss the right dog food for your canine companion.

Why Dry Food?

As dogs age, vets typically recommend high-quality kibbles and dry foods. Dental issues become a greater risk as dogs age, so chewing hard food can help clean off built-up plaque and tartar and exercise the dog's jaw. This is not a replacement for professional dental cleanings at the vet, but it is a good contributor!

While there are some benefits to chewing hard food, the fact of the matter is that some dogs don't chew their food so if you are purchasing dry dog food simply to clean your dog's teeth, then it might be more beneficial to buy dry prescription dental dog foods. 

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If you have more questions about how to care for your senior dog, contact our vets at Bullard Animal Hospital today!