November 12, 2015 | Erin | 11 Comments Let’s face it, most dogs will pretty much eat whatever is offered to them. All they require is food that looks and tastes good and they’re happy. As pet owners, we know it is not that simple. In addition to that all important question of what is safe for my pet, I need to understand the nutritional needs of my pets in order to provide the best diet possible. Since my dogs are older and are considered “senior” dogs, I know that the needs of their bodies at this stage in life are different than they were when they were puppies. The objective of feeding my dogs should be to maintain good health, consistency in weight and to slow the development of diseases that are often associated with the aging process. Wait a minute – that sounds just like how I should be feeding myself! I will admit to being considered a “senior” myself and as they say, with age comes wisdom. I know that to feel and do my best, which is true for my dogs too, we need the foundation of an appropriate diet. The Basics All Dogs Require Protein Vitamins Minerals Carbohydrates Fats Water What Happens as Dogs Age = The Nutrients They Need Become Specific Dogs can begin to show signs of aging as early as 7 years and typically bigger dogs age faster than smaller dogs. The systematic changes and concerns that dogs develop are similar to ours: A slowing down of metabolism and resulting obesity Decrease in the effectiveness of the immune system and our ability to battle infections Digestive issues Dental problems Nutrients that are especially important in the older dogs diet: Protein Fatty acids and probiotics Antioxidants As we continue to learn about pet safety, I want to share with you the results of my research of the many options we face in choosing what to feed our pets. I wish to let you know, through reviews, what I have discovered is both safe for my pet and good for my pet. Considering the history of safety concerns in the pet food industry, I think it is also important that we learn about the companies that we support when we purchase their products.