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A senior dog’s feeding schedule: when and how often to feed your dog

Bo Vanbeselaere (Veterinarian)

Dogs are creatures of habit, particularly when they’re a bit longer in the tooth. A daily feeding routine creates reassuring structure in your dog’s day, but what should look like? Of course, there’s no single answer: all dogs (and their owners) are different. Nonetheless, I have some advice to help you find the perfect schedule...


As your dog gets older (generally 8+), their dietary requirements will change a bit. Just as for adults, we recommend the two-meal-a-day schedule - ideally one meal in the morning and one in the evening. But you might want to consider reducing your dog’s calorie intake to suit their slightly less energetic pace of life.

Older dogs can also benefit from a diet that offers a bit more nutritional support for bones and joints. For example, our Magnificent Free-Run Chicken & Norwegian Salmon for older dogs is packed with Omega 3 - a helpful supplement for older dogs with older brains. Don’t forget to always provide fresh drinking water when you feed your dog.

The benefits of a daily feeding schedule

Beyond the simple pleasure of chowing down some tasty food, mealtimes are cornerstone events in any dog’s day. Think of them like a template around which other activities fit. Whatever else is happening, dogs are generally pretty content if their feeding routine remains reliable.

A routine feeding schedule can help to establish a healthy lifestyle, increasing the likelihood of other healthy habits - like regular poops. This makes it easy for you to choose the best time for your daily walks. Routine feeding also makes it easier to spot a loss of appetite, which is often the first sign that you pet is not feeling very well.

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