It makes sense that senior dogs have different care requirements than younger dogs. If age is just a number, how do you know when your dog is considered a senior? It really depends on the individual dog. In general, large and giant breed dogs age faster than small to medium breed dogs, and as a result, larger dogs, unfortunately, don’t live as long as their smaller cousins. Genetics, nutrition and environment all play a role in how fast your dog ages.

It’s normal for senior dogs to become less active as they age and with that comes the possibility of weight gain. Choose an easy-to-digest, natural food and be aware of how many calories your dog consumes in a day, including treats.