Senior dog food
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 as a senior dog food.
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 dogs age. Plus, the use of anti-inflammatories
(such as fish oil or coconut oil) reduces inflammation that causes pain and
The reason we have as many vitamins in our senior dog food as in our puppy dog food
is because seniors sometime 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.