Senior Pet Month


Did you know that it is Senior Pet Month? Here are some helpful tips and advice from our friends at Bil-Jac!

  1. What are 6 ways to support your senior dog’s health?
  • Feed a high-quality diet that provides protein for muscle mass. Providing a high-quality diet, like Bil-Jac Senior Select Dry Dog Food, helps to maintain healthy muscle. Eating a diet specially formulated for mature dogs can help support your dog’s overall health.
  • Keep your dog’s weight in check. Share that people can visit Bil-Jac’s Learning Library online at and view Bil-Jac’s Pet Obesity chart to find the healthy weight of their pup.
  • Activity – both physical and mental stimulation with training.
  • Keep those teeth clean. Dental disease can result in your dog losing teeth and having a difficult time eating, further risking your dog’s health. Be proactive and brush once a day and keep those teeth where they belong.
  • Thoughtful accommodations. As your best friend matures, he may have a more difficult time getting up the stairs or into the car. Being patient with him and assisting him will help keep him safe yet allow him to continue to do the things he likes to do.
  • Regular veterinarian visits. Taking a trip to see the doctor on a regular basis is even more important to your maturing dog. Your vet can be a valuable source of advice. Many veterinarians can run a panel of tests on your senior dog. This can help you treat any issues earlier on, proactively helping your dog to live a long, healthy life.
  1. What are some reasons people should consider adopting a senior dog?
  • They’ve had time to fine-tune their manners.
  • You can teach an old dog new tricks. In fact, many think senior dogs are more trainable than puppies.
  • They’re comfortable with who they are and, typically, what you see is what you get.
  • They’re past the chewing and middle of the night walk stages.
  • They Settle in Quickly: Older dogs have been around the block and already learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack. They’ll be part of the family in no time!
  • They Enjoy Easy Livin’: An older dog won’t have as high-energy as a young dog who will run you ragged. Not that older dogs don’t require any exercise—they do—but they’re not going to need, or want, to run a marathon every day.
  1. What are some tips for people looking to adopt a dog from a shelter?
  • Shelters receive new dogs every day; keep coming back if your best friend isn’t found on your first visit.
  • Most shelter dogs are house trained and do not require extensive retraining.
  • Some shelter dogs were dropped off simply because of their age. A senior dog can be calm and well behaved, which may be a perfect match for you.
  • Love and attention could be all it takes to turn an abandoned dog into your new best friend.

Did you know that Senior Dogs have different nutritional needs? To find out more about Bil-Jac, check out the following below:

  • Join the Bil-Jac Facebook family and learn more about nutrition, join our Best Friends Club and enter your pup in our Dog Breed of the Month monthly contest at
    • You can always find your closest Bil-Jac location using their Store Locator at (Available at many Petco and Petsmart locations).


  • We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win Bil-Jac treats ( a 10 oz.pouch of Bil-Jac Grain Free Soft Training Treats for Dogs) for their dog! Simply leave a comment below telling us which tip you found the most helpful! Deadline to enter is November 17th, 2014 at noon PST.  One winner will randomly be selected from all entries via

Self Disclosure: I received a prize to send to one of our winners. No other compensation was received.


  1. Denise Taylor-Dennis says

    It is funny but I never thought older dogs are more trainable.

  2. How important to keep your dog active!

  3. I find these all very helpful tips! I like the one about new dogs come into the shelters every true! I went every day for a month before I found mine.

  4. Congrats Terri B!

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