The best weight loss foods for older dogs

The best weight loss foods for older dogs

3 May 2023

Written and reviewed by Dr Jill McMaster BVM&S MBA MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon and in-house expert at BorrowMyDoggy

Carrying a bit of extra weight can cause multiple health problems for our pooches so getting them in shape can be really helpful to keep them healthy and happy. But with older dogs it can be tougher to get the weight off (and keep it off!), especially if they are less active than when they were younger or have some bad habits when it comes to snacking!

But don’t worry, there are lots of ways you can help your pensioner pup to lose the pounds. Reducing their calorie intake is a great first step, so as well as cutting out the treats, changing to a senior weight loss food can help.  Here are some examples of ones that are available:

Prices are based on an “average” sized 20kg dog.

Georgie the Beagle sat on the sofa waiting for dinner time
Georgie the Beagle

Arden Grange Sensitive Senior/Light - Ocean White Fish and Potato

Price - £1.15 per day* (for 20kg dog)

What we love -

  • As well as being low in calories, this food has joint support added too
  • Added superfoods to support your dog’s health

Best for -

  • Older, more sensitive pooches
  • Dogs with more delicate digestion

Naturediet Feed Good Senior Light Wet

Price - £2.80 per day* (for 20kg dog)

What we love -

  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Recyclable, eco-friendly packaging
  • Can be used in feeding toys and on lick mats

Best for -

  • Fussy eaters
  • Good for sensitive stomachs

Hill’s Science Plan Dry Mature 7+ Light Medium Breed

Price - £1.29 per day* (for 20kg dog)

What we love -

  • High in fibre to keep tummies full for longer
  • With Hill’s 100% satisfaction guarantee if you or your pooch doesn’t fancy this new food then you can get your money back.

Best for -

  • Pooches who like the taste of chicken
  • Dogs that enjoy dry food
Duchess the Greyhound has her eyes intently on the food on the picnic table
Duchess the Greyhound

To get the pawfect weight for your pet, be sure to follow the guidelines on these foods so they get the right portion size, cut out the treats and get your pooch exercising as much as is comfortable for them. It can take a bit of time to get weight off your senior doggo, but as it can improve their health so much, it’s definitely worth the effort and patience.

*Prices may vary. Always consult with your veterinary surgeon if you have any queries about your dog’s diet or general health. The information in this article should only be used as a guide, and should never replace advice or treatment given by your veterinarian.

Archie the Jack Russell Terrier standing in a grassy field
Archie the Jack Russell Terrier

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