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 how it may be labeled.
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.
… Over at the dog site Woof Report find a directory of Major League Baseball’s “Dog Day Games.” Baseball season starts today and 11 teams include a day on their schedule for you to bring your dog with you to the game! Check the listings here. And … play ball!