What nutrients do senior dogs need in their dog food?
Dogs lose lean body mass as they age. At the same time, fat mass tends to increase, while their metabolic rate decreases along with activity. The solution? A highly digestible dog food with adjusted levels of nutrients that provides for your senior dog’s special needs.
- Higher protein. A higher protein diet (vs. adult food) helps senior dogs compensate for age-associated loss of lean body mass and inefficient protein turnover rates.
- Decreased fat. Slightly decreased fat (vs. adult food) helps to maintain healthy body condition.
- Enhanced antioxidants. Senior dogs can benefit from enhanced antioxidant levels to support their immune systems, which may be declining.
- Omega-3 fatty acids. Adequate levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and proper calorie level support your dog’s joint function.
In addition, your dog needs these enhancements delivered in highly digestible ingredients to help support his aging digestive system. Some senior formulas may even contain a prebiotic fiber to promote digestive health.