What is the Nutritional Analysis of Eukanuba Senior Dog Food?

by Catherine Troiano
    Eukanuba Senior Maintenance food addresses your older dog's dietary needs.

    Eukanuba Senior Maintenance food addresses your older dog's dietary needs.

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    By the average age of 7, your faithful canine companion is entering his senior years. As you look ahead to many more years of good times with your furry friend, switch his diet to a senior formula to help preserve his health and maintain his quality of life. The Association of American Feed Control Officials guarantees that the nutrient levels of Eukanuba Senior Maintenance dog food meet standard requirements to address the dietary needs of your dog’s golden years.

    Reduced Calories for Healthy Weight

    You may have observed that your senior dog spends more time playing couch potato than he used to. To address this decreased physical activity and slower metabolism, Eukanuba has reduced the crude fat content in its senior dry preparation to 12 percent from the 16 percent in its adult maintenance formula. The senior diet also incorporates 40mg/kg of L-carnitine, a nutrient derived from the amino acids methionine and lysine, to aid in burning fat and boosting metabolism. This combination helps to maintain your older dog’s healthy weight. By preventing obesity, you're reducing his risks for diseases that often afflict senior pets, including diabetes, heart disease and degenerative joint disease. In the event of a surgical or dental procedure, a healthy weight reduces the risk for anesthetic complications.

    Maintaining Muscle and Mobility

    He may be older, but your dog's fetching, tugging and playful romping days aren't over. Protein provides the building blocks for muscle. As dogs become less active, muscle atrophy can set in, leading to weakness and poor body condition. Eukanuba has slightly raised the bar on the chicken-based crude protein content in its senior food to 27 percent, up from 25 percent in its adult maintenance food, to help your dog to maintain strong muscles and a better body condition. Degenerative joint disease also strikes older pets, inflicting pain and decreasing their mobility. Eukanuba has added 375 mg/kg of glucosamine and 35 mg/kg of chondroitin sulfate to its senior food, preserving joint function by providing lubrication and rebuilding joint cartilage for better range of motion, improved flexibility and fewer aches and pains for your furry friend.

    Don’t Forget the Fiber and Moisture

    The crude fiber content in Eukanuba Senior Maintenance dog food, derived from beet pulp and whole grain carbohydrates, yields a maximum level of 4 percent. In addition to maintaining gastrointestinal health, fiber plays a small role in helping your dog to feel satiated despite consuming fewer calories. This in combination with a 10 percent moisture content helps prevent bouts of constipation that can be a common source of discomfort in older pets. Make sure your dog always has access to fresh water to maintain hydration to aid in gastrointestinal and renal function. As pets age, their kidneys degenerate and must work harder to filter toxins from the body.

    Supplementation Inside and Out

    Weakened immune systems in aging pets increase their vulnerability to various illnesses, including some cancers. While maintaining the 140 IU/kg level of vitamin E from its adult maintenance food, Eukanuba adds 10 mg/kg of beta carotene to its senior preparation to combat inflammation and maintain your older dog’s immune system. Senior dogs are susceptible to dry skin, and their coats can lose their luster. If you've noticed dry, flaky skin on your dog and his coat appears dull, the omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, at 1.7 percent and 0.27 percent, respectively, in Eukanuba Senior Dog Food will help replenish the natural oils in your his skin and restore his coat’s handsome, healthy sheen.

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    About the Author

    Based on Long Island, Catherine Troiano has been writing pet-related articles since 2011. As a former veterinary technician of more than 10 years, she has amassed extensive knowledge and is versed in an array of health topics pertaining to cats and dogs.

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