Dogs reach a senior age on average from 7- 10 years – depending on breed and size. In this phase of life, dogs need less energy because they move less and the nutrient requirements also change with age. For example, the protein and phosphorus content of the food has to be low and the protein has to be easily digestible. Too much protein can damage the liver and kidneys, and too much phosphorus can damage the organs.
Eight different dry foods for older dogs tested
Eight different dry foods recommended for senior dogs were tested. Of these, six – i.e. the majority – only scored “Sufficient” and one product scored “Poor”. The reasons for this are not optimal protein contents, not enough amino acids and potassium, as well as contamination with acrylamide.
Acrylamide is formed as a product of the Maillard reaction when products with a high carbohydrate content are heated and is carcinogenic.
According to this, the pets do not receive the nutrients they need for their age, and some of them are even contaminated with acrylamide.
bilacon tests senior dog food
To ensure that dogs are optimally supplied even in old age, bilacon tests dry dog food for seniors for its nutrient composition and for harmful substances. Our experts will also be happy to advise you about the best compositions in accordance with the FEDIAF guidelines.
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Source: Stiftung Warentest