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Senior Dog Food
Video: Dr. Justin Shmalberg, DVM
Created by Dr. Shmalberg, fresh dog food, individually portioned and delivered to your door.
Our NomNomNow recipes are formulated for all life stages, meaning they are approved as a senior dog food. Our philosophy isn't just about being good enough for senior dogs, though. We have worked hard to make sure every NomNomNow meal is ideal
How have we done this? Our board-certified veterinary nutritionist Dr. Justin Shmalberg formulated these recipes to consider the unique needs of a senior dog, such as the amount of protein, critical nutrients, and consistency of each meal.
Substantial protein content
Just like senior humans, senior dogs can start to lose muscle mass as they age. For a long time, there was a misconception that greater amounts of protein in a senior dog food would lead to kidney disease, so senior dog food was made with lower protein. In reality, higher levels of phosphorus are what can lead to kidney disease, and high protein diets are essential for senior dogs because they need amino acids to counteract the loss of muscle mass. A senior dog food with plenty of protein is efficient in maintaining strength, and mobility, which is why our NomNomNow is ideal for both adult and senior dogs.
Another side effect of aging is that dogs may have inconsistent appetites or difficulty with digestion. Fresh foods are easier for the body to break down and pull nutrients from than a highly processed kibble, uncooked diet, or anything with artificial ingredients. The high palatability of a fresh diet also keeps senior dogs interested in their food as appetites fluctuate.
Older dogs may have teeth that aren't what they used to be, whether it's those requiring care, or the loss of teeth over time. An ideal senior dog food is soft, making it easier for our older canines to chew. With our well-chopped ingredients that are soft and fresh, NomNomNow food is easier for all dogs to eat, especially seniors.
Critical nutrients that seniors deserve
We always say we try to create a food that isn't just suitable, but actually ideal, and our added nutrients are a great example. DHA is one such ingredient, not found in many dog foods. It can be found in fish oil, included in all of our meat-based recipes, and helps with cognitive function as dog's age. Plus, the use of anti-inflammatories (such as fish oil or coconut oil) reduces inflammation that causes pain and inhibits mobility.
The reason we have as many vitamins in our senior dog food as in our puppy dog food is that seniors sometimes don't absorb nutrients as well as a younger dog. Rather than assume they'll be deficient, we serve them enough vitamins (without going overboard) to make sure they will be able to get enough they can use.
All of the NomNomNow foods should be perfectly safe for senior dogs. We specifically tailored the nutrient blend to be helpful across adult life stages, including senior pets. Of course, you should talk to your veterinarian about other things you can do in addition to diet, but the diet is an important foundation to providing those essential nutrients so that your pet can age as healthily as possible.