Senior formula pet foods
Senior pet formulas are beginning to change the approach used for many years. There is a new school of thought which holds that a senior pet’s metabolism can make good use of more, not less, protein. With a limited Fat content, a higher protein formulation can go a long way in providing the nutrients your healthy, aging pet requires with a slower metabolism and specialized needs.
Higher protein Senior formulas are not advisable for pets with certain medical conditions like kidney or liver disease. Your vet can provide guidance on diets for these situations.
The traditional school of thought holds that Senior formulas should contain reduced protein levels. Since your senior pet’s metabolism has slowed, it takes longer to process protein, so less is utilized.
Which approach is best? Like so many theories, the answer most likely lies in between. We would initially opt for a higher protein recommendation. If your pet begins to show signs of weight gain, an alternative approach may make more sense for your situation.