If your old pup is doing just great in the health department, then there is no reason to make a food change. However, even if your old dog is healthy, you can still make sure your old dog is eating the best of the best!
1. This Sentence is the Key: When you walk those aisles at the pet store, and you are reading all those ingredient labels, look for a heading that states the following: Statement of Nutritional Adequacy. You will have to really examine that package of dog food thoroughly to find that piece of information.
2. This Sentence is Key Too: You will want to find Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). The AAFCO is in charge of the production of dog food. Also, the AAFCO regulates the distribution of dog foods, as well as labeling and the sale of food for dogs.
3. Another Important Sentence: You want a dog food that clearly states complete and balanced nutrition.
4. OK for an Older Dog: If the dog food you are considering purchasing says for all ages, then the food will probably be OK for a healthy older dog. An all-ages food will not harm an older dog.
5. Old Dogs with Health Issues: If your older dog is under a veterinarians care for a medical condition, then your veterinarian will recommend the proper dog food. The levels of nutrients in some dog foods may have a negative effect on an older dogs medical condition.
6. You Want the Dog Food to Have Been Tested: You will know a quality dog food is in the bag if you see that the dog food went through animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures.