Once a wise man said, “A long life is the result of a good diet, good care, and good luck”. You can’t control the luck so just don’t even try. Instead, focus on what you can control i.e. right care and the right diet.
However, you can’t generalize all senior dog nutritional needs. It’s because of an obvious reason which is, senior dogs vary so much in their individual needs. But that wouldn’t stop us to give you some general nutritional advice for your buddy which would apply to every dog...
Now we know that you’re not a nutritionist but it doesn’t mean that you can just pick out any bag of dog food from the supermarket. All we are asking you is to be a little aware of just a few important factors that apply to most senior dogs.
This issue is widely misunderstood. Many pet owners still believe that senior dogs should eat less protein, but it’s a myth. Healthy seniors need more protein in order to keep their muscles in shape. Loss of muscle mass is a major problem in seniors. In many cases, older dogs lose so much muscle that they can no longer walk unassisted.
If compared to younger dogs, then older dogs require approximately 40 percent more protein to maintain muscle mass. Many studies recommend a food with 28 to 32 percent protein should be fed to the seniors.
Unlike Cats, Dogs don't need to deal with obesity at an older age but they tend to get underweight. Don’t forget that the time to consider calories is well before old age sets in. Restricting calories throughout life improved longevity and reduced illnesses.