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What makes the best dog food for senior dog's?

As your dog starts to age, it is vital to understand how to find the best dog food for senior dog's. The right food will help them manage their weight as their metabolism slows down, support their joints and their immune system.

The quality of dog food they eat will impact how they age and how they enjoy their golden years.

Scratch dog food for seniors

At what age is my dog a “Senior”?

Whether your dog is a “Senior” or not depends a lot on their size and breed. Giant breeds like Great Danes, Dogue de Bordeaux, Saint Bernards and Bernese Mountain dogs are senior dogs from 5 or 6 years old. Small dogs like Jack Russells and Chihuahua live the longest and are not seniors until they are over 10. Most dogs are seniors by around 8-9 years. This includes breeds like Labradors, Staffys & Border Collies and Beagles.

Do senior dogs have different nutritional requirements to adult dogs and puppies?

There are officially only different nutritional requirements for puppies and adult dogs, not a specific profile for senior dogs. Most dog foods specially designed for seniors are more about weight management and marketing. The best senior dog food can also be great for adults and puppies. This is how we have designed Scratch.

Weight Management

If your senior dog is overweight or obese, the most important thing you can do for them is getting their weight back to normal. Dogs that are overweight or obese die on average two years earlier than dogs at a healthy weight. That is a lot of time you miss out on together.

Most commercial dog foods designed for weight management just include more fillers to make you feel like you are still feeding them enough. This can even be by adding sawdust! (appears as “Powdered Cellulose” on labels). At Scratch, we take a different approach. If your dog needs to reduce weight, we help you by providing specific feeding instructions and a measuring cup scoop to make sure you feed the correct amount.

Joints, Arthritis & Inflammation.

Being overweight is also a significant cause of joint pain for older dogs. Getting them back to a healthy weight is the best treatment. A healthy senior dog food will also have good levels of omega 3 fatty acids (from cold water fish) to help reduce inflammation. Scratch uses Tasmanian Salmon Oil as the primary source of omega 3 as well as Turmeric to combat inflammation.

While glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation are touted as being great for joints, there is little scientific evidence to support this in dogs. There is evidence that Green-Lipped Muscles help. The issue with including this as an ingredient in senior dog food is that it is very temperature sensitive and easily de-activated. It is best to use freeze-dried Green-Lipped Muscles as a treat or powder instead. This way you also know exactly how much your dog is getting.

Immune Support

Older dogs will benefit from a dog food focused on supporting their immune system which weakens as they age. The keys to this are good quality sources of animal protein, zinc and vitamin C. Protein is crucial as it provides the essential building blocks for muscles, organs and the immune system.

Not all protein is created equal. Dogs do better on high-quality animal protein.  The best dog foods have a specific animal protein as the first ingredient and no cheap plant-based concentrated protein. Zinc and vitamin C also supports critical immune functions, act as antioxidants and help to keep your dog’s skin healthy and coat shiny.


After obesity, dental diseases is the most common health problem for the modern senior dog. Mature dogs that have not been getting raw bones and dental treats or toys to chew on – or regular tooth brushing and cleaning are likely to have dental disease. This can make their mouth sensitive. They may also have missing or removed teeth that make it harder to chew. If your senior dog is not enjoying their dry food anymore as it hurts their mouth, add some water to it to soften it.

Did we mention we have just the food for them?

Pet parents around Australia are switching older dog's to Scratch. We said no to dog food stores and hello to real ingredients, made fresher on subscription and delivered to you.

Our Scratch dog food is a premium senior-friendly food with easy to digest ingredients that are friendly to the common allergies. Dog's on Scratch have reported healthier coats, better energy and even healthier poos.


Australian through and through.

Sourced, made, and owned right here in Australia. We mix everything together in New South Wales using 97% locally-sourced ingredients. That 3%? That's coconut oil & vitamins we get from o/s to give him a boost that products grown in Australia can't.


Nutritionally Complete.

We fine-tuned our recipe with an animal nutritionist to make sure every ingredient was spot on and mighty delicious.

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Made fresh on subscription.

We use data to know what your dog needs and when they need it. The subscription model means no more late night dashes to the supermarket. Just fresh dog food delivered to your door without any artificial preservatives.

Premium Grain-free Kangaroo Dry Dog Food

All Ages Kibble
Grain Free
Grain Free Dog Food

Everything your mate needs – nothing they don’t.

Premium kibble for healthier skin, a shinier coat, a stronger immune system, and all the energy to chase down some magpies. Free from artificial preservatives, dodgy meats, and cheap ingredients.

Skip the scare tactics and huge product ranges, this is the ultimate dry dog food for nearly all ages and all life stages.

The Scratch Difference:

  • Made fresher
  • Whole ingredients from known sources
  • Nutritionally complete for stronger bodies and a tougher immune system
  • Low GI and high in healthy fats for longer lasting energy without the 3pm crash
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Health Conditions of Senior Dog's that require a specific diet

There are some diseases like kidney disease or pancreatitis that senior dog's can get that do need a tailored diet. It is best to discuss these situations in detail with your vet.

Kidney Disease or Renal Failure in dog's

Processing high amounts of protein is thought to put too much stress on diseased kidneys. Most vets will suggest a diet lower in protein than Scratch’s 28% if your senior dog has kidney disease. It is important to get specific advice from your dog’s vet if they have Kidney problems as they still need all the essential amino acids from protein to stay healthy.


If your dog has had pancreatitis, they will generally be prescribed a low-fat diet. Scratch has 15% fat which usually is a great energy source. Vets often suggest a diet below 8% fat(on a dry basis) to avoid getting pancreatitis again.


Hover overTap any ingredient to see why we include it

The nitty gritty

You won’t find generic names that could mean any part of an animal.

We only use real names for real ingredients and tell you exactly how much of it is in there.

Just hover over any ingredient below to understand why we use it. Doesn’t have a percentage shown? That means it is included at 1% or below. Small, but important!

Kangaroo (Roo Meal 28%, Meat & Liver Digest 5%)
Dog Food Meat
Kangaroo is our main protein source. It’s high-protein, lean, great for dog's with allergies and free of added hormones.
Broad Beans 27%,
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Great source of protein, fibre and vitamins & minerals. "I guess veggies are ok…. As long as it means it is Grain Free, Soy Free and not carb filled potatoes or tapioca either."
Chick Peas 27%,
Great source of protein, fibre and complex carbs.
Beet Pulp,
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Moderately fermentable fibre to support good gut health
Prebiotic that promotes beneficial gut bacteria
Protein, fibre and vitamins & minerals
Yucca Extract,
Plant extract to help reduce stool odour. "Me, trying to be nice to my Poo Slave"
Natural Source of Vitamin A & Beta Carotene. "Carrots help me see better right? All the better to see you with!"
Omegas, fibre & B vitamins
Antioxidants, Vitamin K & Iron. "Soo much tastier than Kale"
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Fibre, Vitamins & Potassium
Concentrated source of iodine, zinc, iron & copper
Source of Curcumin, a powerful antioxidant. "Like a daily Golden Latte. When is our next trip to Bryon, or Brunswick Street at least?"
Fats & Oils
Beef Fat (7%),
Great tasting source of energy. "Can I pleassse lick the bowl?"
Sunflower Oil (2.7%),
Excellent source of Omega 6 to help maintain healthy skin and glossy coat. "Shinny fur helps me get my strut on at the park"
Salmon Oil,
Salmon Dog Food
Tasmanian Salmon oil is a great source of Omega 3 EPA & DHA to support brain development in puppies.
Flaxseed Oil,
Included for its high percentage of Omega 3
Coconut Oil,
Concentrate source of energy that helps maintain healthy skin. "This is paleo right?"
DHA from Algae
Long Chain Omega 3s that helps brain development in puppies and healthy skin & coat
Vitamins & Minerals
Monosodium Phosphate,
Needed for healthy bone development.
Salt is required to maintain the electrolyte balance, organs and nervous system.
Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate,
Important for healthy skin and coat as well as immune system. "Having good skin = more belly rubs"
Essential Vitamins & Minerals
Concentrated supplement of vitamins and minerals to ensure that your woofer has everything he needs to thrive. Bet you can't say them in one breath! - Choline chloride, Calcium carbonate, Zinc sulphate, Vitamin E, Ferrous Sulphate, Vitamin C, Copper Sulphate, Vitamin B3 Niacin, Vitamin B5 D-Calpantothenate, Vitamin B2 Riboflavin, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 Cyanocobalamin, Vitamin B1 Thiamine, Selenium, Manganous oxide, Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin B9 Folic Acid.
Natural Antioxidants
Mixed Tocopherols and Rosemary Extract
Vitamin E and other natural mixed Tocopherols combine with Rosemary Extract to make sure bacteria doesn't build.

Guaranteed Analysis

Protein (Min) 28%
Fat (Min) 15%
Total Carbohydrates(calc) 22.5%
Metabolisable Energy 341Kcal/100g

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