What age do you transition your dog to senior dog food?
May 22, 2018
As your dog ages, their nutritional needs begin to change. It can be tricky to figure out when it’s time to start switching your adult dog over to a senior diet, but by doing a small amount of research and checking in with your vet, you’ll be able to get a sense of when the time is right.
Different dog's age at different rates
There are a number of different factors that can determine when a dog is classified as a ‘senior’. These can include breed, genetics, and lifestyle. For example, larger breeds typically cross over to having senior dietary needs earlier than smaller breeds, and dogs with more active lifestyles usually hold off the effects of ageing for longer. A giant breed dog can be classified as a senior from as early as five years of age, a large breed can be classified as a senior from six years, and small and medium breeds can be classified as a senior from seven years of age.
Why should you feed your old dog a senior diet?
As your dog gets older they will most likely become less energetic and their metabolism will also begin to slow down. This is why super premium 'senior' diets like those from Eukanuba™ have a reduced number of calories in them to help keep their weight levels healthy. On top of a reduced need for energy, an older dog can also be more prone to developing other health concerns such as ageing joints and digestion issues. For this reason, every part of the Eukanuba™ Senior range includes omega fatty acids and calcium to support strong joints and bones, plus natural fibres and prebiotics to promote healthy digestion.
Feed the extraordinary in your senior dog
The right nutrition can make a world of difference to your senior dog's quality of life and longevity. Remember that the ageing process for every dog differs and the best way to know what’s right for them is to check in with your vet.