Small-Breed Mature or Senior Dog’s Nutritional Needs
Unlike larger-breed dogs that are considered mature/senior at age 5, small-breed dogs usually don't experience age-related changes as early. But by age 7, your small dog is mature/senior, and his nutritional requirements are changing. You can help keep your dog active, happy, and healthy with a specially formulated mature diet that delivers highly digestible, enhanced nutrition.
The Signs of Aging
The changes your small dog is going through affect him in many ways. You may notice a dull, dry coat and flaky skin, energy loss or weight gain, more frequent intestinal problems, joint stiffness, and a loss of lean muscle mass. It's true that an aging dog may require fewer calories, but your mature/senior dog still needs high-quality protein and carefully balanced nutrients.
What to Look for in a Mature/Senior Diet
What your dog needs is a high-quality, balanced maintenance food formulated for a small dog's changing metabolism. Look for options with these age-essential nutrients:
- Vitamin-rich fish oils for healthy skin, a shiny coat, and overall health
- Antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta-carotene to help boost the immune system
- High-quality animal-based protein sources to help maintain muscle mass
- Special fiber sources such as beet pulp to help maintain intestinal health and enhance your dog's ability to absorb age-essential nutrients
- A special carbohydrate blend of healthy grains for sustained energy
These ingredients are the keys to mature nutrition whether you feed dry or wet dog food or give your dog treats.
Older, less active dogs are prone to weight gain. Keeping your dog at a healthy weight can help minimize the risk of developing diabetes or joint stress. Your dog can benefit from a weight-control diet with these key ingredients:
- A reduced fat level that still offers essential nutrients for skin and coat health
- L-carnitine, a key nutrient that helps burn fat during weight loss
- Special carbohydrate blends that help maintain energy while managing weight
- Vitamin-rich fish oils for overall health
A Small Request
Small dogs have small mouths and small stomachs. A nutrient-dense mature formula with smaller kibble may help make food easier for your dog to chew.