Best Senior Dog Food | from Scratch

What makes the best senior dog food?

As dogs enter their senior years, food makes such a difference to quality of life.

A great senior dog food will help them manage their weight as their metabolism slows down, support their joints and their immune system.

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The best senior dog food to get more out of life

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Food is the #1 thing that impacts their energy

Old dogs don’t have to act like old dogs. It’s amazing what a difference food can do to an old fella’s energy and happiness. By using whole ingredients and avoiding those that more easily turn to fat (we’re looking at you starches & grains), many dogs can wind back the clock.

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Not all protein is created equal

Dogs do better with plenty of high-quality animal protein. The best senior dog foods have a specific animal protein as the first ingredient – for example ‘Turkey’, not ‘poultry’ which can suggest a mix of human food chain leftovers.

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Weight control becomes crucial as they age

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.

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Food can be preventative

Most of the immune system is generated from the gut, so feeding a better senior dog food will build gut resilience to fight infection, deal with stress and protect from cancers later in life.

All 3 of our recipes are suitable foods for senior dogs

Grain-free
Turkey

Turkey, Beef & Lamb

Our most popular option for dogs of all ages - even large breed pups.

$77 PER 8kg
Kangaroo

Sensitive Kangaroo

For any woofer that can't seem to shake tummy, skin or joint issues.

$87 PER 8kg
With Grains
Lamb

Pasture-raised Lamb

Delicious new recipe with plenty of hypoallergenic lamb and some nutritious ancient whole-grains.

$84 PER 8kg
Reginald
Pugalier

My pugalier is 16 this year… but was sleeping a lot, generally just slowing down. Since feasting on Scratch she has seemed to lose years!

Cattle Dog

Paw pumps all round. So happy we found you Scratch. Thanks for taking on the giants!

  1. PLENTY of lean, high-quality protein from the best possible Australian meat
  2. ENERGY from animal fats, not carbs.
  3. NO preservatives and no added colours or flavours
  4. NO processed soy, corn, cellulose, wheat and low starches
  5. WHOLE ingredients as much as possible
  6. NOTHING grouped, disguised or hidden
  7. PLENTY of healthy oils with a variety of Omega-3 sources
  8. EVERYTHING your woofer needs not just to sustain them, but to help them thrive
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Common questions about senior dog food

There are officially only different nutritional requirements for puppies and ...

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. A great senior dog food can also be great for adults and puppies. This is how we have designed Scratch.

Whether your dog is a “Senior” or not depends a lot on their size...

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.

If your dog has had pancreatitis, they will generally be prescribed a low-fat...

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.

Processing high amounts of protein is thought to put too much stress on disea...

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.

After obesity, dental diseases is the most common health problem for the mode...

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. often making 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, you can still use a great dry senior dog food – just add some water to it to soften it.

Older dogs will benefit from a dog food focused on supporting their immune sy...

Older dogs will benefit from a dog food focused on supporting their immune system which weakens as they age. The immune system is very complex, but 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.

A healthy senior dog food will also have good levels of omega 3 fatty acids (...

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.

Our sustainable kangaroo dog food is supplemented with glucosamine, hydrolised collagen & chondroitin to protect and support damaged joints in senior dogs.

There is evidence that Green-Lipped Muscles help. The issue with including th...

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.

Most commercial dog foods designed for weight management just include more fi...

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).

We take a different approach. If your dog needs to reduce weight, we personalise their feeding plan, provide you with a scoop and make sure that we make the best senior dog food with ingredients that the body can get the most out of.

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