Should my dog be eating senior food?

April 18, 2018

This is a question people ask frequently.  People with small dogs generally think about it later but people who own large breeds may think about it sooner.  But what is the right age?

In some ways age really is just a number.  There is absolutely no cut and dried answer.  I think the better question is, what are a couple nutritional factors that you might find in a senior formula food?

  • Senior formula food will usually be lower in fat content. Most animals see a slow in their metabolism or may have a lower activity level and it gets tougher to keep extra weight off.
  • A premium producer will probably add high quality glucosamine and chondroitin to keep aging joints healthy. If you have a large breed your normal adult food may already have an adequate dosage added in your food.
  • Did you know pet food has salt? A senior formula will have a lower amount of sodium to avoid hypertension.
  • Added Nutraceuticals such as stabilized Vitamin C and Taurine. These are strong anti-oxidants to preserve healthy cells and provide good cardiac health.
  • Added Seaweed and fibers to promote lower tartar and healthy teeth.
  • Balanced Calcium and Phosphorus for healthy bones.
  • Provide a good fiber source for healthy digestion.

So, if you are reading through this list and thinking; ”those things sound like healthy things for just about any dog” … You are not necessarily wrong.  Not all older dogs eat senior food, and some younger dogs eat senior food.  Let’s talk about some examples of when this might happen.

Some examples of when to consider a senior formula for a younger dog include:

  • A dog with kidney problems needing a lower protein to energy ratio
  • A dog with any type of cardiac disease, regardless of age. Some pet owners will be advised to choose a food with a low sodium level.
  • Dogs with pancreatic problems need to eat a food with a low-fat content. Pancreatitis or other pancreatic disorders can make it difficult for a dog to process fat.
  • Some dogs that do not have a high activity level and are seeking a low-fat option for weight control may choose a food with the attributes of a senior formula. The low-fat content coupled with the likely addition of joint supplements are both positive things for a pet carrying extra weight.

A couple of examples of older dogs that might not have their needs best met by a senior formula include:

  • Dogs with cancer or other chronic illness that make it a struggle to keep weight on might prompt looking for a more robust recipe.
  • An active pet needing more energy content.

The easy answer…. ASK AN EXPERT.  You can’t just go by the name or even the label if you want to know to everything. Therefore, it is important to work with a pet nutrition expert to match the nutrition to the needs of your pet.  A pet food expert understands how these ingredients react in the body of an animal and under what circumstances they will benefit an individual pet.

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For nearly 28 years, the Husse brand has stood for QUALITY, SERVICE and KNOWLEDGE in Europe and now it is available here in the United States.

Husse is different than all the other premium pet food companies out there. Not only is our food made from ultra-premium, fully traceable, ethically sourced and GMO-free ingredients, but your Husse franchise owner is also your personal pet nutrition consultant. They are here to help you. If your pet is having a health problem, they can help you choose the right food. If a food isn’t working out for your pet, they can suggest a better alternative. Your Husse rep will get to know your pet and what’s right for them.

As the U.S. representatives for Husse, we want to be a true resource to pet owners. Beyond the premium quality pet food, cat litter and pet accessories we deliver to the doorstep of our customers, we want to deliver valuable information to ALL pet owners about how they can contribute to the good health of the pets they love.

Husse devotes an incredible amount of resources to the development of foods that truly provide the balanced nutrition our pets need. But there is SO MUCH NOISE today about the latest pet food fad that it can be hard for pet owners to know what’s right for their dog or cat.

Our goal on this blog is to provide you with information each week that will help you understand what’s good for your pet. All of the Husse franchisees go through extensive training initially, and receive comprehensive ongoing nutritional education so that we are the best information resource a pet owner can have. We hope to share that knowledge with you on this blog in an easy to understand way.

Not only can you count on your Husse rep to be your go-to source for nutrition information, but you can also count on Husse’s manufacturing process to meet your high quality standards. Our manufacturing facilities have been approved by EU authorities, USDA, FDA and AAFCO (The Association of American Feed Control Officials). Our customers can have peace of mind that only highly professional people and equipment are involved in our process.

Thank you for taking the time to be the best pet parent you can be!

Samantha Borelli – Husse AZ Master Franchisee

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