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Q: diet or senior food

February 4, 2010 | By Anonymous | 5 answers | Expired: 1622 days ago

Anonymous

My Chihuahua, Honeybee, weights six pounds and should weigh three- four.
He was on Blue B. and did lose weight- but the
cost is unreal.
He will be seven years in April. Do I put him
on a good quality DIET food or a SENIOR food?
Thanks!

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Idaviruma
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Feb 05, 2010

And to answer you original question, no, stick with regular formula, senior/lite formulas are highly meat difficient. Some companies also add additional glucosamine/chondroitin to the food, but because its in such small quantaties, its not going to make much of a difference in dogs joint health, Youre better off getting the actual supplements from a health food store since its the same for dogs as it is for people (reduce based on weight of the dog)

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Idaviruma
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Feb 05, 2010

Age specific/breed specific foods is mostly just a sales gimmick, Most senior foods are lower in protein and fat based on the logic that older dogs dont move around much. The problem with that is those food are majorly lacking in meat, grain heavy foods raise inslulin levels and are one of the contributing factors of obesity. So older dogs actually need more protein to build and retain healthy muscle mass, not lose it.

If youre on the budget, look into Taste of the Wild, Healthwise, Chicken soup for dog lovers soul.
Tractor supply recently came out with a new food called 4Health, which is around $25 for 35 lb bag, the ingridients look compatible to Blue buffalo, though obviously more afffordable.
If you go on tractor supply website, on the right hand side, theres a $5 coupon you can use towards your next purchase, I'm pretty sure they carry Taste of the Wild as well. But you'll have to check the manufacturers site for store locations.

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Debra B.
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Feb 05, 2010

I know that Science Diet has a "lite" senior diet formula and an "active longevity" (for active cats 7 years old and above) senior formula dry food for cats. I don't know about dry dog food. Calorie wise I'm not sure if there is much difference, but I believe that senior formulas will generally have more fiber in them so can help if the cats have a loose stool problem. Fiber will also make the cat feel fuller after eating less. I have switched all my cats to a senior formula, and they range in age from 10 months to 10 years old. I believe that the light or low calorie versions have more filler carbohydrates in them than protein or fat, and for an overweight cat, higher carbs isn't really a good thing.

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jackie
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Feb 04, 2010

My dogs range in age from 4 -13 we had a problem with crystals in the urine the vet recommended senior for them

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Amber
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Feb 04, 2010

it would probably depend a lot of the food and what exactly makes that particular food a "senior formula". many "senior formula" foods are lower in calories since senior pets will likely be less active. something like this would be great for your pet, but not all senior foods are reduced-calorie. it will vary from brand to brand, so you should definitely check closely before buying something just because it says "senior formula". also, there are some "diet" foods out there that also have glucosamine and chondroitin added, which could make them a good option for seniors too. and then some brands won't necessarily say "senior" or "diet" on their bag. i can't remember which brand i was looking at in Pet Co the other day, but i noticed that it described the food as "low calorie" and "well suited for senior or overweight dogs".

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