Hi Karen...I read all the posts here and just wanted to add that my dog is 5 years old as well. I have 2 dogs, a small one who is 14 and has been on a raw food diet for a few years now. He acts like a puppy and has no health problems for a dog his age. My bulldog, who is actually my daughters, but has been living with me since last April and will continue to live with me since she moved, has been on the raw food diet since July is doing great on it. Her coat is like silk and she is very healthy. When she poops, they are half the size of what she made on bagged food (blue wilderness salmon, which gave her horrible gas and loose poops) The poop on a raw diet actually turns white within a few days and disintegrates. (Which is kind of nice ). I am a true believer in the raw food diet and the benefits. Anything natural with no preservatives or chemicals is better for the dogs.You should check out the website fiestapetdeli.com the deli is owned by a vet and a nutritionist and they are extremely knowledgeable. Nugget doesn't shed as much and loves the food. No stinky gas either. I do add a nutritional powder for anything she may not be getting in the food. They customize the diet for whatever problems a dog has. My sons dog use to get bumps on his skin and hasn't had one since she's been on raw food which is also a few years. They also do not have to have all those shots each year. They don't need heart worm either. I give Nugget a quarter teaspoon of black walnut hull twice a week for heart worm and also for fleas and ticks, which she doesn't ever get. So I don't have to do any of those flea and tick preventions either. You should check it out for info. Most areas have these pet food delis popping up rapidly, so there could be one in your area. Just something to think about. Good luck!