In The News: One senior label does not fit all older dogs’ diet needs

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A study by veterinary nutritionists on how dog owners perceive “senior” dog food brands and just how those foods actually fare in catering to senior dogs’ dietary needs is making headlines for highlighting the risks of judging a dog or a dog food by its label.

At the center of the study is the comment that senior dogs’ dietary needs haven’t been studied nearly enough to make general recommendations for the age group.

And the idea that even if there was a body of research, the individual needs of senior dogs are most likely too varied for the concept of “one size fits all” when it comes to their diet.

Read the 10-page study here. (It’s a quick read.) Read the U.S. News and World Report article on the study, “Little Oversight on Ingredients in ‘Senior’ Dog Food, Experts Say,” here.

Woof Report has a short summary of the study here.

If you’re unsure about whether or not your senior dog’s dietary needs are changing as he gets older, talk with your dog’s veterinarian who can advise you and/or direct you to a nutritionist and other resources.

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