National Senior Pet Month

Many pet parents feel that once their dog reaches a certain age, their physical ailments and health can’t really be improved. So why spend the time trying to shift their diet to something better?

Sara Forsberg · November 10, 2020

National Senior Pet Month

Many pet parents feel that once their dog reaches a certain age, their physical ailments and health can’t really be improved. So why spend the time trying to shift their diet to something better?

However, switching your senior fur baby to a new diet (specifically a raw diet) can actually do great things for them and make the later years of their life far more comfortable. Not only is a raw food diet delicious for dogs, but it can do wonders for their health including:

  • Maintaining healthy digestion
  • Aiding their immune system and heart 
  • Healthy skin and coat
  • Supporting overall oral health

Even if a dog is reaching his elderly years, he can benefit from a raw diet.   A raw diet has a healthful impact on their digestive system and overall quality of life. Although we know that they can pass away well before we are ready to let go, there are things we can do, as well as things we cannot do that will keep our pups here with us as long as possible.

As they age, their bodily functions may work less efficiently.  So, it makes sense to feed a food that is easily digestible.  Raw food does just that.  Meat, bones and organs are what dogs are made to eat; no extras, no fillers, no processing- just RAW food. Digestion of raw foods is by far easier for a dog’s system to process compared to kibble, which are full of fillers. Why on earth would we not choose to feed them the  most nutritional food?

Everything that makes up a raw diet is usable.  This is not so with kibble.  By feeding raw you increase the probability that your dog is getting actual nutrients while ensuring that their bodies don’t have to work double time to find that nutrition amidst the fillers and non usable items you find in pretty much all kibbles. 

Also one of the best benefits of a raw diet for senior dogs is the high protein content. Though some may think otherwise, it’s actually far more beneficial for older dogs to consume a diet that’s higher in protein.  Feeding a raw diet helps them better maintain lean, healthy muscle mass and good organ (especially heart) and immune system function. As natural born carnivores, dogs tend to crave protein that comes from high quality, minimally processed meat. While most trending kibble or canned brands of dog food will claim to have this degree of protein, most of their ingredients are processed and depleted of the proper nutrients dogs need to remain healthy throughout their lives. Kibble and canned dog food are also difficult for older dogs to digest and often strains their liver and kidneys to the point when they don’t function properly. A raw diet gives them what they need, and gives you the confidence that you are doing the absolute best for your dog’s health.

Raw Food Tip:

One major health issue which has been on the rise in the past ten years is grain allergies. A dog’s digestive system finds it difficult to digest most grains, which is why some veterinarians prefer the raw diet over processed dry commercial pet foods, as the carbohydrate content it much larger in processed dry kibble and in some wet foods.

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Sara Forsberg

Sara Forsberg

Sara Forsberg has been part of the BARF team since 2019. She has been passionate about animals since a small child growing up with a Siberian Husky and 3 cats, and as an adult having a Labrador Retriever that suffered from a lot of allergy problems. She now has an indoor/ outdoor farm cat rescue named Callie, and a new addition in another Lab named Jax. She has 7 children that keep her busy in most of her spare time; but enjoys anything on or near the water, spending time with friends and family, music, reading and cooking.

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"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!

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