(Closed) will I have to feed my dog senior dog food when she becomes a senior ?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
943 posts
Busy bee

I have a seven year old schnauzer and 8 month old German wired hair/ Australian Shepard and I feed them natural balance sweet potato and venison. It’s good for all ages, has three different omegas and less fat then other foods. And it’s limited ingredients since my schnauzer has really bad skin allergies. 

Post # 5
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Have to?  Probably not.  As with humans, I think you’ll be able to tell when your dogs get to be “senior”.  My 13 year old dachshund completely downshifted in her activities around age 9-10.  She sleeps more per day, and is active a lot less.  I’ve considered her a senior since then. 

We go both ways, she gets senior dry food for breakfast and canned “all ages” food for dinner.  It’s like taking a multivitamin to me.  Do I have to?  No.  Do I want to?  Yes. 

Per the vet, she needs less calories now (makes sense with the lower activity). 

Post # 6
943 posts
Busy bee

I think when you are looking at foods for the furbabies, you need to make sure what the main ingredients are, fat content, and how much they are getting verses how much activity they are participating in. 

Post # 9
943 posts
Busy bee

DiamondnLovey:  Just keep an eye on the main ingredients and see if your older pup is putting on more weight and being less active. If your food isn’t working for your dogs you will notice it in their coat/skin and activity level. I’m neurotic and will spend $140 a month on dog food just so I know they are getying proper nutrients, along with eating our vegetables from the garden….

Post # 10
8987 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Dogs are generally considered “seniors” at 8-9 years old. A 9 year old small-breed dog would be around 52 years old for comparison. You will definitely know when they hit the “senior” stage, and you don’t *have* to feed senior diets, but sometimes it’s a necessity. Senior food tends to be smaller and softer to make it easier to chew and digest for aging dogs (Especially ones that have tooth decay just from being old) but as long as you don’t have a specific need to feed a senior diet, you don’t “need” to feed them anything that you’re not feeding them now. I googled your dog food (The holistic brand, not sure if it’s the same that you’re buying but it’s all I could find) and from the ingredients, it doesn’t seem too bad. Protien is the first ingredient (Good sign) and everything else seems pretty good. I’m not a fan of dicalcium phosphate being high up in the ingredients list (It’s 6th in the brand I looked up) but it’s more of a personal thing since I don’t think it’s healthy for any animal to be consuming (But it’s almost literally everywhere so it can be very hard to avoid.)<br /><br />Seems to me your pets are on a well balanced diet. Make sure they get enough excercise and you should have healthy dogs well into their senior years.

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Post # 11
6867 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

You may want to talk to your vet. Some food is easier to digest or contains different nutrients, so depending on your dog’s health, a specific type/formula might really help your dog as it gets older.

Post # 12
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

DiamondnLovey:  i have a 14 y/o poodle who’s considered a senior (although he’s very much still a baby in my eyes) and i feed him senior dog food as per my vet’s instructions.

The analogy he used when explaining to me why it was important to feed senior dogs different was to think of a middle aged man and an elderly man. while themiddle  aged person can eat pretty much anything without many consequences, the elderly person cant go around eating a steak every night. Its the same thing with dogs, senior dogs cant go around eating some of the heavier foods that are found in regular adult food, thats why senior food is better for their digestive system.

not sure if that helps. The vet also told us that any dog over the age of 7 is considered a senior and should be switched to senior food

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