Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Small Breed Senior Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food

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About This Item


  • Essential, high-quality protein for healthy muscle maintenance and carbs for energy to stay active
  • Calcium, phosphorus and essential vitamins for strong bones and teeth and special-sized kibble for smaller jaws that promote tartar removal
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health and mobility
  • Vitamins, chelated minerals and antioxidants for immune system health
  • No corn, wheat, soy or chicken (or poultry) by-product meals

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About BLUE Life Protection Formula Dry Dog Food

The Original Healthy Formula That Started It All

BLUE Life Protection Formula always features high-quality real meat, healthy fruits and wholesome whole grains. Like all BLUE foods, it's made from the finest natural ingredients enhanced with vitamins and minerals.

Finding the Right Food for Your Best Pal Is Easy

BLUE has more breed size and life stage-specific foods than any other natural pet food. You'll find healthy, delicious BLUE Life Protection Formula recipes for toy, small and large breeds as well as puppies, adults and senior dogs.

The True BLUE Promise

BLUE is formulated with only the finest natural ingredients:

Always features protein-rich real meat

NO chicken (or poultry) by-product meals

NO corn, wheat or soy

A Sampling of Premium Natural Ingredients

APPLES: Good source of antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C and dietary fiber, which promotes overall gastrointestinal health.

SPINACH: Rich in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lutein, and also contains quercetin, a phytochemical with antioxidant properties.

BLUEBERRIES: Loaded with vitamins C and E, healthy carbs, fiber and powerful antioxidants for immune system support and urinary tract health.

PUMPKIN: Rich in beta-carotene, vitamin A, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc, plus a good source of fiber to help regulate digestion.

Exclusive LifeSource Bits

All BLUE dry food formulas feature a precise blend of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants selected by holistic veterinarians and animal nutritionists to help promote immune system health, fulfill life stage requirements and support a healthy oxidative balance. All BLUE for Cats LifeSource Bits are enhanced with their Super 7 package of antioxidant-rich ingredients:


Formulated to Help Mature Dogs Stay Healthy

HEALTHY MUSCLE MAINTENANCE: High-quality protein and protein meal help maintain strong muscles. Large breed formulas feature L-carnitine to help maintain lean muscle mass.

HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM: Essential vitamins, chelated minerals and important antioxidants help support the immune system.

ENERGY TO STAY ACTIVE: Essential proteins and carbohydrates help maintain energy requirements for a healthy lifestyle.

STRONG BONES AND TEETH: Calcium, phosphorus and essential vitamins help maintain strong bones and teeth. Small breed formulas feature special "small-bite" kibble for easier chewing and tartar removal.

JOINT HEALTH: Glucosamine and chondroitin help support joint and hip function and overall mobility.

HEALTHY SKIN AND COAT: Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids help promote a shiny coat and healthy skin.

About BLUE Buffalo

Blue Buffalo began with unconditional love and some furry inspiration from a large breed Airedale, Blue. When Blue's family started a pet food company, their vision was clear. They wanted every pet parent to be able to feed their pet with the same care they would feed family. So they created the #1 natural pet specialty food to help furry family members live happy, healthy lives. Of course, they named it after Blue.

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Top IngredientsDeboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice...Deboned Chicken, Brown Rice, Barley...Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Grain Barley...Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal...Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Ground White Rice...
Health FeatureHigh-Energy, Immune Support, Vitamins & MineralsHip & Joint Support, Immune Support, Vitamins & MineralsDigestive Health, Immune Support, Vitamins & Minerals, Muscle CareDigestive Health, Immune Support, Skin & Coat Health...Immune Support, Skin & Coat Health, Vitamins & Minerals
Special DietNo Corn No Wheat No Soy, Natural, With GrainNo Corn No Wheat No Soy, Natural, With GrainHigh-Protein, Human-Grade, No Corn No Wheat No Soy...No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Weight Control, Natural, With GrainGluten Free, High-Protein, No Corn No Wheat No Soy...
Breed SizeExtra Small Breeds, Small BreedsSmall Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds, All BreedsExtra Small Breeds, Small BreedsSmall Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds, All BreedsSmall Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds, All Breeds
Food FlavorPoultry, ChickenPoultry, ChickenPoultry, ChickenPoultry, ChickenPoultry, Chicken
Food FormDry FoodDry FoodDry FoodDry FoodDry Food

Questions & Answers

24 Customer Questions

Does the bag reseal after opening?
Answer by ChewyNov 21, 2017
The bags aren't resealable.

When is your dog considered a senior dog?
Answer by ChewyOct 30, 2017
When your pet reaches 7 years old, they're entering the senior stage of their life. This recipe is formulated to meet the specific needs of small breed senior dogs.

Is this food made in the USA.
Answer by ChewyJun 26, 2018
All Blue Buffalo products are manufactured in the United States. Many of their ingredients, such as most grains and meats, like chicken, beef and turkey come from the United States. Lamb and venison can be free range from the United States or New Zealand. Rabbit is sourced from Europe, and trout can come from the United States or Canada. Where possible Blue's suppliers are instructed to source their ingredients from the United States. Where the ingredients are not readily available in the United States, such as many vitamins and minerals, their suppliers will only work with reliable foreign companies, and subject all ingredients to rigorous quality testing. None of the ingredients are sourced from China.

How does this help a dogs brain function?
Answer by ChewyJun 18, 2019
This recipe is not formulated to improve cognitive function.

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Rated 4.586 out of 5 stars
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430 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Emma on Aug 25, 2023

my 14 year old shiba eats this with a fresh pet topper and since switching her dry food, i can see a noticeable difference in her. its been about 3 weeks and after 2 weeks her mobility has improved and shes much more energized. i never write reviews on chewy but im happy to see how well its worked for her and would say it is definitely worth a try if you have an old pup.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Gailc53 on Aug 7, 2023

Not Satified

I switched to the senior since my dog is going on 10 1/2 years old. He hates the little dark pieces and spits them out. It's like he's not getting satisfied. He won't eat much at all unless I mix a hard-boiled egg or chicken with it. I'm going back to the regular. He always ate that and didn't act like he didn't get satisfied.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Carleen on Jun 30, 2023

Best so far

Was having trouble finding a senior food for our four. Even our male who would eat dried up flowers from my Thanksgiving cactus wouldn't eat other foods we tried. Got this because our little Fannie is small and only has five teeth. We still have to give her an enticement med and I boil chicken and mix a little in the food but it's much better. Have since transitioned the bigger dogs to the regular size kibble. Didn't want to waste any more so got little bags to sample.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Nora on Jul 17, 2023

Good for older dogs

Although blue berries are supposed to be good for dogs, she throws the dark kibbles on the floor and won't eat them. Otherwise, she eats the food every day. I do add cooked chicken and veg to her kibble, however.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Joni on May 24, 2023

Food is great! Delivery sucks

I explained the issue from my last delivery so now I just canceled my auto-ship! Why in earth would someone not deliver my dog food at my front door? Instead the person places it totally away from my house, across the parking area, in front of a stored trailer. And you charge for delivery!! This is ridiculous! Sorry Chewy! This is my last experience with you. The food is great, but you have nothing to do with that.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Crystal on May 24, 2023

My senior dog loves it!

I recently decided to switch over to Blue Buffalo for my dogs. I've heard many good things about Blue Buffalo products and felt it would be a better choice than the dog food I was currently buying. From the first bowl full my senior dog has loved the food. She is a grazer, but eats this food much quicker than the other stuff. I'm very happy with this food and will continue buying it for her.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Nanette on Sep 10, 2023

Good Food

My dog loves this food and seems to do very well. Very small bites. Quality food so you feed less.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Kiko on May 25, 2023
Top 1000 Contibutor

Had to mix it with a tastier food

Neither of my dogs are particularly crazy about this. I definitely have to mix it with some homemade. If it's not completely coated with the mixture, they will spit out the pieces on the floor. Will find a different food after this is gone.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By PW on Sep 18, 2023


I have a 15 yo very picky Shitzu-Terrier. She loves this dry food.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars