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    DefaultWhen is my dog a "senior" ?

    My dog Jasmine is 4.5 years old right now, and she is in fantastic shape. I feed her Blue Buffalo Healthy Weight formula kibble. I see that they also sell senior formula food the same as other manufacturers, but no one seems to give clear answers as to what constitutes a Senior dog. What makes a dog fall into the senior category ?
    Is it age ?, is it mobility ? Is it the nutritional needs of the dog ? I'm just confused on the topic and would welcome some clarification. I'm not worried about it right now, but I am very conscious about my dog's health and want to do the best for her I can at all times including the future. Any help would be appreciated.

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    I think at 7

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    For the most part, if the dog is digesting and doing well on its regular food, you don't need to switch to senior food. Most senior foods aren't correctly formulated, many cut back on protein which is essential for muscles. I tell my puppy people not to switch to a senior food unless the dog is having digestion issues. For instance, my 13½ year old recently started vomiting up food when she drank water. I decided to try a senior food with her (one that is calculated correctly, IMO) and so far so good. The rest of my dogs (ages 2-11) get regular food.

    The 13½ year old's grandmother was fed a regular dog food her whole life and she lived to be 16½.



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    I've never had to change food as they aged.( knock, knock)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bett View Post
    I've never had to change food as they aged.( knock, knock)
    Shanny is my first.



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