Why your older dog may need special food.
As dogs age, they have special nutritional needs that they didn’t have when they were younger. If you have a mature dog, you may want to consider giving him a dog food formulated just for seniors. A senior dog food can address those needs and keep your dog healthy and active for years to come!
The age at which dogs mature varies with the size of the breed: the larger the dog, the more quickly it ages. In general, you can consider your dog a mature dog at the following ages:
- Large and giant breeds—age 5-6
- Medium-size breeds—age 8-10
- Small and toy breeds—age 10-12
- Provides the protein that senior dogs still need, sourced from real chicken.
- Less fat than our Adult Select formula.
- Contains a special blend of gentle fibers that help support healthy digestion.
Bil-Jac Senior Select also provides naturally sourced, guaranteed levels of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.
Now that you know why older dogs need special foods, you may have questions about mature dogs beyond their nutritional needs. Here are the answers to some of the questions we hear most frequently regarding this topic:
Q: Is protein still important for senior dogs?
A: Yes! As dogs age, they tend to lose a little muscle each year. This is why a number of veterinarians believe that senior dogs may need even more protein as they age. Providing a high-quality dog food, like both Senior Recipes from Bil-Jac, are excellent ways to maintain healthy muscle.
Q: Does my senior dog still need exercise?
A: Keeping your dog active helps him to be stimulated by all the sights and smells of his surroundings. Good old-fashioned walks, fetch and even a little running around the house is a great way to get your dog going. There are also a lot of fun puzzle and treat reward toys that encourage your dog to figure out how to get them out. These toys can also be great mental stimulation. Reminder: If your best friend hasn’t been very active lately, be sure to start slow and build your way up into more play time. Start with a 5 minute activity, walk or fetch for instance, and add 5 minutes every couple of days as long as he is comfortable and keeping up.
Q: How important is my senior dog’s weight?
A: A healthy weight is important at all life stages, but it is even more important with a mature dog. Being overweight places additional stress on your dog and may slow him down or limit his activity. Feeding guidelines on dog food packages are just that. Guidelines. If your dog is overweight, you may need to reduce the amount you feed your dog if he is not as active as he used to be.
Q: What if my older dog no longer has much of an appetite?
A: Senior dogs can lose their appetite for a number of reasons. One reason is that they may have dental issues or jaw problems. Bil-Jac Senior Select and Bil-Jac Small Breed Senior are easy to chew and has a tempting chicken aroma that encourages dogs to eat.
Now that you know how important it is to feed your mature dog a food that supports his changing nutritional needs, we hope you will consider giving your dog Bil-Jac Senior Select or Bil-Jac Small Breed Senior. Your mature dog still has plenty of love to give—so help give him plenty of years in which to do it!
Do you have other questions about feeding your senior dog? Or do you have a dog that currently eats Bil-Jac Senior Select? We’d love to hear from you!