Senior Dog Food Problems – Only A Marketing Tool ^
There is no category of Senior Dog Foods with AAFCO Guidelines. They only have puppy and adult (over 1 year old). Dog food companies have approximately 2% of dog food options listed for older dogs. You will see on the bag “senior”, “+10”, or “mature adult”. Many owners buy these foods, but you need to know which ones are good and which ones are bad.
Senior Dog Food Problems – Most Are Poor ^
Big problem – Almost all “Senior” dog foods are poor choices for older dogs. There are only a few that are good and we list them in our dry dog food list. But, remember, the high protein, low carb, moderate fat diets are for a lifetime and are good for senior dogs also, so you already have many choices – easy! Click here for Best Dry Dog Food Choices for a life time.
Senior Dog Food Problems – Too High In Calories ^
So what is the problem with many senior dog foods? They are like most dog foods, way too high in carbohydrates and low in protein. As your dog ages, he needs extra protein to keep up muscle – muscle is over 85% protein on a dry matter basis. Your dog needs muscle to get around, to support aging joints, to get up and down stairs, to go outside in the yard, or for walks.
Senior Dog Food Problems – Protein Helps for a Lifetime ^
So I should still feed my dog one of the dry dog food listed options for a lifetime? YES. Often, dogs, as they age, may lose weight or gain weight – you can increase or decrease these great choices as you need. Easy! Just like for other dogs, the dry dog food label needs to state over 28% protein or it is not going to help your older dog. A quick way to tell good or bad – take our list to the store – dozens of options at every store you go to.
Senior Dog Food Problems – An Example ^
Real Life Example: Brand in grocery stores and pet stores listed as “Senior”. On Label: 18% Protein, 10% Fat, 10% Moisture. On a dry matter basis, this would be a poor 20% Protein, 12% Fat, and a whopping 60% Carbohydrate!! Your dog will just get fat and lose muscle tone with this product.
Senior Dog Food Problems – Look and Move Better Avoiding These ^
Remember, the Dog Heiro program is going to help your older dog move better and have better skin.
The Dog Heiro Program helps keep your older dog’s skin and ears looking good.