Your guide to senior diets for dogs & cats

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No-one likes to think of their pet as getting old or “senior” but actually, pets can be happy & healthy in their senior years for quite a long while when supported with the correct diet.

The ageing process can have an effect on a lot of different areas of health and well being. Older animals tend to slow down, move less and lose their appetite and because of this they require help to maintain a balanced diet that suits their nutritional needs at this stage of their life.

Senior cat diets

Adult cats can start to show signs of ageing between 7 and 10 years of age. They can develop conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and a decline in kidney function. Loss of appetite is also common, so smaller meals that are fed more often can work better for an older cat. Keep a close eye on their appetite as this can change if their health does. Speak to your vet if you have any concerns or notice any changes in their health.

Senior diets specifically tailored for older cats help to support the area’s most affected by ageing, such as muscles, bones and urinary tract health. If your cat has been diagnosed with a condition, your vet may have recommended  a special diet as part of the treatment.

Specialised diets for  Kidney & Liver   Digestion & Stomach  Diabetes  Joint & Mobility

Senior dog diets

Not all senior dogs have the same nutritional needs, it all depends on the size and the breed of your dog. However it’s a good idea to review your dogs diet around the age of 7. If you’re not sure, talk to your vet during your annual check-up.
Senior dogs generally need a lower-calorie diet to help prevent obesity, with lower energy levels and a slower metabolic rate, older dogs risk becoming overweight. You may also find that senior diets contain higher protein as this helps to maintain body weight and muscle mass without putting too much strain on the kidneys. Some senior dogs have trouble with constipation, so a high fibre diet can help support their gastrointestinal health.

Joint pain and arthritis are also common among older dogs, and can be helped by diet and supplements, such as Flexadin Plus which contain glucosamine and omega-3 fatty acids to maintain healthy cartilage and joints for longer.

As with cats, loss of appetite is a sign of ageing, but it could also be an underlying health problem, so always check with your vet if you’re concerned.

Specialised diets for  Weight Control  Joint & Mobility  Kidney & Liver  Digestion & Stomach

Of course, your senior cat or dog may not require a specialised diet for a specific health condition. There’s lots of regular diets that provide the nutrition needed to help the effects of ageing. Hill’s Science Plan Senior Vitality Dry Food has a special blend of ingredients to support interaction, energy and brain function. The kibble is easily digestible and the ingredients are formulated for mature stomachs.

You’ll find all senior diets and supplements at animeddirect.co.uk