Log in to your account
Sign up

4 Complete Nutrition and Diet Guides for Your Senior Dog

28 April 2020 | 0 comments | Posted by Jaden in Fur, Fins & Feathers

Diet for older dogs

The moment your dog reaches its golden years (around the age of 7 to 8 years old), you may be asking what the nutritional needs of your senior dog are and whether changing its diet is necessary.

Just like you, your canine buddy goes through physical changes as it advances in age, causing its nutrition and diet plan needs to change as well. This is why it is essential to give your dog age-appropriate food to provide adequate nourishment for its ageing mind and body.

Here are our tips for you on what to consider when planning the nutrition for your ageing dog:

1. Shift to a low or higher calorie dog food

How many calories does your senior dog need? It depends on its weight. Some dog food for seniors is packed with more calories while others with lesser. Finding the right caloric requirement depends on whether your senior dog needs to lose or gain weight.

But most often than not, the low-calorie food is recommended since your pet mostly lazes around the entire day. It is said that a senior dog's activities drop to as much as 1/3 to 1/2. That being said, your pet does not need more calories unless it is underweight. In that case, your vet may require a high-fat nutritional diet plan.

And, we are not just talking about daily food but also the treats that you give. There's no problem with that but be a bit more choosy since most dog treats are bombarded with calories. Why not shift to fresh fruits and veggies for occasional dog treats?

2. Dog food to help with dental issues

If you see your senior dog struggling to finish its food, one possible reason is your pet may have lost a few of its teeth. It could also be painful gum.

What you can do is to shift to canned/soft dog food so chewing won't be a hard chore for your senior dog. These types of dog food are made with more moisture plus some ingredients that address the issue of dental problem like:

  • Citric acid that stops the formation of minerals on the teeth.
  • Probiotics or healthy bacteria for oral health.

3. Beef-up on protein

You may be wondering if there is there a need to add more protein? Well, it's because protein will assist in building and maintaining muscle mass of older dogs in the same way that protein strengthens the nervous and central system.

Remember only opt for the high-quality protein that contains real meat and no meat meal or bone meal.

Ideally, the diet of your ageing dog must contain more than 75 grams of protein for every 1000 calories.

You also need to take note that phosphorous tends to get higher as the level of protein increases. For senior dogs, a high phosphorus diet can lead to kidney disease. What you should aim for is the right balance of protein, phosphorous, and sodium to keep your dog going.

4. Fibre

Though it is true that many senior dogs suffer from constipation but adding fibre supplements to your dog's diet may not be a good idea.

High levels of fibre will make your dog poop more, but the effect is less absorption of essential nutrients. Why? Because fibre can build a barrier in the small intestine of your dog that prevents vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from being absorbed.

To prevent your dog from being constipated, we recommend that you supplement your senior dog's diet with probiotics and digestive enzymes. Or, choosing a dog food high in fibre is enough for your constipated senior dog.

What are the health problems that can affect your senior dog's diet?

If your dog developed some health problems, we suggest that you seek guidance from a vet for planning your dog's diet and nutrition.

For example, if your dog has heart disease, it may require a formulation that is low in sodium. Protein must be from mid to high range and low level of fats.

Is your dog diabetic? If yes, your senior dog would thrive well in high meat-based protein that also contains moderate amounts of fibre and fat, plus low levels of carbs.

Is your senior dog having trouble with its bowel movement? Dog food that contains digestive enzymes, probiotics, and veggies can assist with the tummy problem of your ageing dog.


To take care of your senior dog, started by providing it with a balanced diet with the right amount of fats, protein, and fibre appropriate for its age.

You need to consider would he/she benefit from a low-fat, high-protein diet? Are supplements needed to ease joint pains? All of these factors must fit into what type of nutritional diet plan your senior dog should have.

About the author

Jaden is an author of mypetience.com, a pet blog sharing knowledge about taking care of a pet. He has more than five years of experience in raising small animals like dogs, cats, hamsters, and freshwater fish. What he is always focusing on is offering valuable and useful information to pet enthusiasts.

Email: jaden@mypetience.com

Tell us your story

Would you like to write for nichemarket just like Jaden has? Find out how to submit a guest post and when you're ready, you can contact us.

Are you looking to promote your business?

South African pet businesses can create your free business listing on nichemarket. The more information you provide about your business, the easier it will be for your customers to find you online. 

Registering with nichemarket is easy; all you will need to do is head over to our sign up form and follow the instructions. If you require a more detailed guide on how to create your profile or your listing, then we highly recommend you check out the following articles.

Recommended reading

If you enjoyed this post and have time to spare why not check out these related posts and dive deeper down the rabbit hole that is the being a pet owner.

Tags: Pets , Guest Post

Previous: {{ previousBlog.sTitle }}

Posted {{ previousBlog.dtDatePosting }}

Next: {{ nextBlog.sTitle }}

Posted {{ nextBlog.dtDatePosting }}

You might also like

Amazon Streaming Ads

Amazon Expands Sponsored Streaming TV Ads

11 July 2024

Posted by Che Kohler in Shopaholics

Amazon launches sponsored TV ads, offering brands a new way to reach streaming audiences. The ads leverage the e-commerce giant's vast data for targe...

Read more
Comp shopping tips

How To Do Fashion Comp Shopping in South Africa

17 July 2024

Posted by Inna Makovska in Fashionista

All items are on your device: now you can easily create a look with a few clicks. Learn how to maximize the benefits of online shopping and save time...

Read more

Leave us a comment


{{comment.iDayLastEdit}} day ago

{{comment.iDayLastEdit}} days ago


Sign up for our newsletter