Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula for Seniors is a premium dog food, designed specifically for addressing the health problems, challenges and needs common to older dogs. Like most other Blue Buffalo products, Life Protection Senior Formula features everything you’d want in a premium dog food, including nutritious proteins, fruits, and vegetables, as well as several supplements to help ensure your pooch remains healthy as he ages.

Pros: Most owners were very happy with their decision to purchase Blue Buffalo Life Protection Senior Formula. Several reported that their dog loved the taste of the food, and many older dogs with failing teeth were still able to eat the food, thanks to the small kibble size. Many owners noted that the food also helped improve their dog’s mobility, energy level and quality of life. Most senior dogs appeared to digest the food without difficulty, and many exhibited an improvement in elimination habits after making the switch to Blue Buffalo Senior Formula.

Cons: There weren’t very many complaints about Blue Buffalo’s Senior Recipe, and most related to problems with the shipping process, product packaging or expiration-date issues. Additionally, a small number of dogs appeared to find the food unpalatable, but this is a common problem with virtually every dog food available.

Ingredients: Like most other Blue Buffalo foods, their Life Protection Senior Formula boasts a very impressive ingredient list. You always want a whole protein as the first listed ingredient for any dog food, and Blue Buffalo provides exactly that, in the form of deboned chicken. Brown rice, barley, and oatmeal are easily digested ingredients, which provide the bulk of the carbohydrate content and follow chicken on the ingredient list. Flaxseed is included to help provide plenty of omega fatty acids (which can provide a number of benefits for your senior dog), while several colorful fruits and vegetables – including pumpkin, cranberries, blueberries, spinach, and apple – provide antioxidants to help support your dog’s immune system. A number of vitamins and minerals are also included in the recipe, as are five different probiotic strains, which will help to regulate your dog’s digestive system.

Price: Blue Buffalo Life Protection Senior Formula, like most other Blue Buffalo recipes, is slightly more expensive than the average dog food, but it is not terribly expensive and should be within the budget of most owners. To help get the most value for your dog-food dollar, consider purchasing Blue Buffalo Senior Formula in the largest quantities possible.

Ideal For: Obviously, Blue Buffalo Life Protection Senior Formula is designed specifically to meet the nutritional requirements of your older dog. It is not a good choice for puppies, lactating females or healthy adult dogs, who are still in the prime of their life. It is probably a little more expensive than cost-conscious customers would like, but its price tag is not prohibitively high. It may provide additional value for senior dogs who struggle with digestive issues or coat health, thanks to the inclusion of probiotics, easily digested grains and plenty of omega fatty acids.