Your dog may be as active as ever, but at around seven years of age and over, they will start to have different requirements for nutrition. Senior dogs have a greater risk of developing health problems, as their metabolism is slower and kidneys are less active. They typically require fewer calories from fat, yet protein is still critical for maintaining muscle tissue. A diet that carefully balances high quality protein and other nutrients will help your senior dog maintain the ideal body weight, maximise its ability to stay healthy, promote muscle tone and digestive health and keep it active throughout later life.
In addition, there are certain nutrients and vitamins that will help combat the symptoms of getting older - take a look below to help you select the right food for your dog.
Increased risk of joint and mobility problems: As your dog grows older you may find they become less willing to get involved in physical activity, and might find climbing the stairs or playing games more difficult. Pets at Home Senior Complete foods contain glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate, to help promote healthy joint cartilage and support overall joint and health mobility.
Risk of obesity: Senior foods contain fewer calories than standard dog foods, helping to maintain your dog’s weight as they become less active.
Deterioration of skin and coat: Senior dogs tend to have drier, flakier skin than those of adults. Choose a food that contains Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids as these can help rejuvenate dry skin and help maintain a healthy skin and coat.
Increased risk of kidney and heart disease: Senior dogs are more at risk for certain diseases. Our senior diets are lower in protein which helps to keep the kidneys healthy. Maintaining your dog's weight also helps to prevent heart disease.
Large and Giant Breed Food
Large and Giant Breed dogs are considered senior between 5-7 years old and ideally need a large breed senior food that contains glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate to help keep joints healthy and support overall mobility. It is also important that large and giant breed dogs are fed a diet that delivers lower levels of energy so they maintain a healthy weight, to decrease the risk of stress or pressure on the joints.
Large breed dogs are those that typically weigh 25 to 45kg, such as Golden Retrievers, Labradors, German Shepherds and Boxers. Giant breed dogs are those that typically weigh over 45kg, such as Great Danes.