Best Dog Food For Senior Dogs

Finding dog food for senior dogs isn't difficult at all, in fact there are many formulas specifically designed with older dogs in mind.

Choosing the best senior dog food

BUT, just like younger dogs, seniors are not all the same, and no one single dog food formula is going to be the right choice for every golden oldie.

It's up to you to choose one that has the right balance of ingredients for YOUR best friend.

This page features the premium brands and very best formulas for senior dogs of all sizes/breeds.. and who are in overall good health.

Before you get started, here's a 'glossary of terms' that might help you negotiate the minefield of abbreviations and ingredients in most dog foods. It helps to know what's in each formula, and why they're there :)


ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid) - a powerful antioxidant which helps maintain a healthy immune system

Antioxidants - protect against cell damage & inflammation caused by excess 'free radicals'

Chondroitin - a natural anti-inflammatory (useful against joint inflammation & arthritis)

DHA - Omega-3 fatty acid protects eye and brain health. 

Digestive enzymes - help the body efficiently digest food and absorb nutrition

Glucosamine - naturally occurring substance that provides joint support

L-Carnitine - an amino acid which helps maintain healthy metabolism and protect against heart disease

L-Lysine - essential amino acid that helps with growth and cell regeneration

Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids - important for healthy cell function and structure

Probiotics - the so-called 'good' bacteria that help maintain balance in the digestive system

Taurine - an amino acid that helps maintain heart health

Vitamin E - a natural preservative. Also known as 'Mixed Tochopherols' 

Vitamin C - anther natural preservative. Also labelled as 'Ascorbic acid'



Use these quick links to jump to the category you're most interested in, or simply scroll down to see them all...

If your older dog has a health condition, check out this page for the best dog food choices for him/her.... Best Food Choices For Senior Dogs With Health Problems


Dog Food For Healthy Senior Dogs - Medium Breeds

If your older dog is in generally good health (no heart, kidney, liver or weight problems, and isn't diabetic) then a premium adult dog food is still an excellent choice.

At this point there's no real need for the reduced fat/protein levels in most senior dog foods, but for a healthy dog they can still be a healthy option.

Many owners feel reassured by the fact that these formulas have the 'old dog' in mind, and that can't hurt.

Here are some of the best quality adult dog foods on the  market....


Castor & Pollux Organix Adult Formula
  • Organic ingredients. Nutrient rich
  • No artificial ingredients
  • Protein:  26%
  • Fat: 14%
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin 
  • Made in the USA.



Castor & Pollux Natural Ultramix Adult Formula
  • Natural ingredients
  • For active dogs of all ages
  • Protein: 25%
  • Fat: 15%
  • Omega 3 & Omega 6 fatty acids
  • Fruits & Veggies
  • Made in the USA





Orijen Adult Dog Food
  • Fresh, natural ingredients
  • Biologically-appropriate diet
  • Protein-packed
  • Low-carb
  • Grain-free
  • Protein: 38%
  • Fat: 18%
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Made in Canada



Wellness Complete Health Natural Adult
  • Nutrient-rich whole foods
  • Optimal nutrition absorbtion
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Protein: 22%
  • Fat: 12%



AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Adult
  • High quality ingredients
  • Optimal nutrition
  • Vitamins, minerals & antioxidants
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • With nutrient-rich Avocado
  • Protein: 23%
  • Fat: 13%
  • Made in the USA


Wellness Complete Health Natural Senior Health Recipe
  • Well-balanced, nutrient rich formula
  • Lower calorie formula
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Protein: 21%
  • Fat: 10%
  • Live digestive-support enzymes


Holistic Select Natural Senior, Chicken Meal & Rice
  • High quality, natural ingredients
  • Superior absorbption of nutrients
  • Glucosamine for hip/joint health
  • Taurine for heart & eye health
  • Active probiotics
  • Protein: 26%
  • Fat: 10%


Hill's Ideal Balance Chicken & Brown Rice, Mature Dogs
  • Scientifically balanced nutrition
  • Lean chicken for protein
  • Brown rice provides natural fiber
  • No corn, wheat, soy, artificial ingredients
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Vitamins & minerals
  • Protein: 20.5%
  • Fat: 14.9%




Best Dog Foods For Small Breed Senior Dogs

Small, toy and miniature breed dogs have different nutritional requirements from their bigger dogs... and that remains the same even in old age.

Little dogs generally need a formula that is energy-dense and high calorie. This means higher levels of protein and fat.

To help keep their blood-sugar levels balanced, and avoid hypoglycemia, they also need extra fiber.

The fact that these formulas are manufactured with smaller kibble pieces is also important... especially for puppies and senior dogs.

For healthy seniors in this group, an adult dog food that is specifically formulated for small breeds is a good fit.

Here are a few of the best....


Wellness Complete Health Natural, Small Breed
  • Four sources of healthy animal protein
  • Enhanced nutrient absorption & digestibility
  • Antioxidant fruits and veggies
  • Vitamins & minerals
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Protein: 28%
  • Fat: 15%




AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal & Brown Rice, Small Breed
  • Optimal nutritional value
  • Rich in high quality fat & protein
  • Vitamins, minerals & antioxidants
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Nutrient-rich avocado
  • Protein: 26%
  • Fat: 16%
  • Made in the USA




Holistic Select Natural, Small and Mini Breeds
  • High quality natural ingredients
  • Whole grains
  • Superior proteins
  • Enhanced digestibility & absorption
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Glucosamine & L-carnitine
  • Protein: 28%
  • Fat: 18%



Fromm Gold Small Breed Adult Dog Food
  • High quality holistic ingredients
  • Four sources of protein
  • Pro-biotics for digestive health
  • Salmon oil for skin & coat 
  • Vitamins & minerals
  • Protein: 26%
  • Fat: 17%
  • Made in the USA


ULTRA Small Breed Senior Dog Food
  • Wholesome, natural ingredients
  • Three lean animal proteins
  • Antioxidants from fruit & vegetables
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Protein: 27%
  • Fat: 13%
  • Made in the USA



Wellness Small Breed Complete Health, Senior Formula
  • Well-balanced nutrition
  • Whole grains
  • Lean protein
  • Fruit & veggie antioxidants
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Vitamins, minerals & herbal blend
  • Low fat and low-sodium formula
  • Protein: 25%
  • Fat: 12%


Best Senior Dog Foods For Large Breeds

Large and giant dog breeds have their own unique dietary requirements, and dog food formulas take that into account.

For a healthy, older dog in this category a formula specifically designed for large-breed adults is a good choice.

Many of the large-breed senior formulas tend to be aimed at weight-control, and if your senior isn't overweight then he/she doesn't  need a low-calorie or low-fat diet.

But if Fido is on the heavy side, and is also a senior (bear in mind big dogs live shorter lives, so getting old happens faster for them) then a senior formula can fit the bill too.

Both adult & senior formulas for large breeds have bigger kibble pieces, designed to bigger mouths and discourage 'chow hounds' from gobbling it all down (this is only minimally effective in my experience!).

Here are some great options....




Wellness Complete Health Natural, Large Breed Health
  • Four premium protein sources
  • Optimal caloric density
  • Moderate fat levels
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Digestive support
  • Antioxidants
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Taurine
  • Protein: 25%
  • Fat: 11%


ULTRA Large Breed Adult Dog Food
  • Three lean protein sources
  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Nutrient-rich formula (incl. 'superfoods' such as salmon & rolled oats)
  • Antioxidants
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Protein: 24%
  • Fat: 12%
  • Made in the USA


Holistic Select Natural, Large and Giant Breeds
  • High quality, natural ingredients
  • Premium protein sources
  • Superior absorption 
  • Glucosamine
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Taurine & L-carnitine
  • Natural digestive enzymes
  • Protein: 24%
  • Fat: 14%


Castor & Pollux Natural Ultramix Large Breed Adult
  • Certified organic ingredients
  • No chemicals or artificial ingredients
  • Healthy fruits & vegetables for antioxidants
  • L-carnitine
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Healthy fiber
  • Protein: 26%
  • Fat: 14%
  • Made in the USA


Natural Choice Wholesome Essentials, Large Breed Snr.
  • Lean protein & whole grains
  • Antioxidants
  • ALA & DHA
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Enhanced digestibility
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Protein: 23%
  • Fat: 13%
  • Made in the USA



NOW! Fresh, Grain Free Large Breed Senior
  • 100% fresh ingredients
  • Optimal balance of protein & fat
  • Grain free (therefore gluten-free)
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Pre & Pro-biotics for digestive health
  • Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids
  • L-carnitine & taurine
  • Protein: 23%
  • Fat: 11%
  • Made in Canada


Canned Dog Food For Senior Dogs

As a general rule, I personally feel that canned dog food is only a reasonable choice for small and tiny breeds, weaning puppies and senior dogs (either tiny ones, or those with dental problems).

Canned food has less nutrition per cup than dry kibble, and large and giant breed adults usually can't eat enough canned food to get the amount of nutrients they need to stay healthy.

Plus, canned food doesn't help keep teeth/gums clean and healthy, and jaws strong. BUT it does have a role to play for certain dogs, and at certain ages.

If your senior dog is a little 'un, has difficulty chewing, or is picky and needs to be encouraged to eat, then a premium canned dog food might be a good choice.





To see some the types of dog food recommended for dogs with health issues, check out this page.... Best Food Choices For Senior Dogs With Health Problems



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