What Dog Foods Are Best for My Senior Dog?

Karina Carbo-Johnson, MS
By Karina Carbo-Johnson, MS
Updated: 5/9/20241-2 minutes
Senior Dog Food

Foods for Senior Dogs 

Just like puppies, senior dogs have special dietary needs. For example, many older dogs benefit from diets that are higher in protein to help maintain lean body mass.

Dog foods that are optimal for senior dogs have the following characteristics:

  • Slightly decreased fat (vs. adult food). A diet with less fat helps your senior dog maintain a healthy body condition.
  • Enhanced antioxidant levels. Senior dogs can benefit from antioxidants that provide extra support for their  immune systems, which may be declining.
  • Highly digestible ingredients. Your senior dog’s aging digestive system will benefit from ingredients that are easy for him to digest.     
  • Adapted calorie levels. Optimized calorie levels help senior dogs maintain an ideal body condition while supporting joint health.

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