Is the beloved pet up in years? It may make sense to start considering a diet specifically formulated for older dogs.
That said, not all dogs will need a senior diet. If your dog is still quite active, than you should continue to feed them as you are. In many cases the only thing you need to consider doing is decreasing the amount of food that you are giving them to accommodate a more sedentary lifestyle.
Not All Senior Formulas Are The Same
The Association Of American Feed Control Officials do not actually have separate guidelines for senior dogs. In their opinion, all adult dogs should be fed based on activity levels.
This makes shopping for a high-quality senior dog food a little more challenging as there is not a standardized system to compare them by. An analysis of dog food by Tufts University showed that most “older dog formulas” have decreased levels of of protein and calories, and increased levels of fiber.
However, the amounts varied widely from one food to another.
Furthermore, a decreased protein diet is not always best. Older dogs need more protein as they age to maintain muscle mass and healthy organ function.
So, when you are shopping for an ideal dog food for your older pet, you actually need to steer clear of the foods marketed for older dogs and find a formula that works well for your dog.