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Senior Dog Food ... For A Longer, Healthier Life

Updated on February 5, 2015

What's So Special About Senior Dog Food?

Is senior dog food any different from regular dog food? Well, yes . . . and no.

To be sure, a well-balanced diet is essential for dog health at any age (and for any breed). However for an older dog, an increase of vitamins and minerals play a huge role in easing the burdens of aging.

Whether he or she has a specific ailment or just aches and pains, healthy dog food coupled with the right vitamins and minerals supplements can actually promote a longer life.

Be sure to check with your vet about your dog's specific needs.

If your dog has any health conditions, or has had digestive problems in the past, your vet might have specific feeding guidelines.

Striking a Healthy Balance When Making Homemade Dog Food

Many will say that an older dog will benefit far more from home cooked meat, rice and vegetables than he or she would from canned meat. By using home cooked ingredients, you could actually control exactly how much of the various vitamins and minerals that your older dog gets.

If you decide to prepare homemade dog food . . .

  • Always, make sure you provide a solid mix of protein, vegetables and grain (like rice).
  • About 20-25% of the mix should be protein and the rest carbohydrates. These carbs should be a mix of vegetables and grain, with a higher proportion of vegetables to grain. This could change depending on your dog's preferences and input from your vet.
  • There are several great dog food recipe books around that can help you make doggone good (and nutritious) dishes and treats.
If you're not quite ready to make home-cooked meals for your pooch, don't worry . . . There is healthy, all natural dog food products you can purchase.

Quick Tips On Feeding An Older Dog

Recipes for Dog Food

and natural health advice

you can use for your senior dog

Recipes For Dog Food + Natural Health for Dogs (& Cats) - If you don't get any other guide, you need to have this one . . .

Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats
Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats

"Dr. Richard Pitcairn again demonstrates why he is so respected in his field. This book should be required reading for anyone seeking true, lasting health for their animals and will continue to be a must-read for my clients." -- Larry A. Bernstein, VMD

 

A "Living Well" Guide for Senior Dogs

The Living Well Guide for Senior Dogs: Everything You Need to Know for a Happy & Healthy Companion
The Living Well Guide for Senior Dogs: Everything You Need to Know for a Happy & Healthy Companion

The Living Well Guide for Senior Dogs informs pet owners about how to maintain a senior dog's quality of life and help to ease the transition into old age. It provides information on a variety of topics pertinent to senior dogs ... The comprehensive feeding chapter explains why certain nutrients are crucial for older dogs and details the right feeding plan to keep them active.

 

All Natural Dog Food

you can purchase

specifically formulated

for senior dogs

Top-Quality All Natural Dog Food Formula - Organic Senior Dog Food

Newman's Own Advanced Dog Formula for Active or Senior Dogs, 12.5-Pound Bag
Newman's Own Advanced Dog Formula for Active or Senior Dogs, 12.5-Pound Bag

Newman's Own Advanced Dog Chicken & Rice Formula for Active or Senior Dogs is a unique blend of proteins, whole grains, vitamins and minerals that maximize palatability, digestibility and nutrient assimilation.

 

Nutrition-Rich Treats

Dogswell Vitality for Dogs, Chicken Breast, Flaxseed & Vitamins, 5-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 6)
Dogswell Vitality for Dogs, Chicken Breast, Flaxseed & Vitamins, 5-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 6)

Dogswell Vitality Chicken Breast Jerky Dog Treats with flaxseed and vitamins for healthy eyes, skin & coat. These 100% cage-free real chicken breast treats contain no by-products, hormones, antibiotics, BHA/BHT, fillers or artificial flavors and are high in protein and low in fat so you can be sure you are giving your dog a healthy, digestible treat.

 
Zuke’s Jerky Natural Bites Dog Treats, Tender Lamb Recipe, 6-Ounce
Zuke’s Jerky Natural Bites Dog Treats, Tender Lamb Recipe, 6-Ounce

Zuke’s Jerky Naturals are the healthy choice when you want only the best for your dog. Our new and improved, semi-moist formula is packed with the natural goodness of real meat or fish, fresh blueberries, ground flax seed, apples and carrots.

 

For Senior Dogs ... Consider A Raised Dog Bowl - Like This One . . .

To help improve digestion and ease the stress on posture (especially for a mid-sized to large dogs), consider getting an raised dog bowl or elevated dog feeder.

OurPets Signature Series Elevated Dog Feeder 14"
OurPets Signature Series Elevated Dog Feeder 14"

The Signature Series Designer Diner was designed to fit into any home decor while providing an ergonomically correct feeding position for improving digestion and posture and reducing stress.

 

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