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. 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.
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. Older cats can develop conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and hyperthyroidism, and a decline in kidney function, so it’s important to speak to your vet about their health if you have any concerns. If your cat has had a condition diagnosed by a vet, be aware that there are many diets and supplements available that help support these conditions and you should discuss the best option for your cat.

Senior dog diets

Not all senior dogs have the same nutritional needs and depending on the size of the breed of your dog, adult diets should be reviewed around the 7 year mark. 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 supplements which contain glucosamine 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.

You’ll find a wide range of senior diets and supplements at animeddirect.co.uk

Senior diets for dogs

Senior diets for cats

YuMOVE Dog - Pot of 120 on Animed Direct

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Flexadin Plus Chews for Cats and Small Dogs - Pack of 90 on Animed Direct

Flexadin Plus Chews For Cats And Small Dogs - Pack Of 90

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Dasuquin Chewable Tablets for Large Dogs (over 25kg) - Pack of 80 on Animed Direct

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James Wellbeloved Senior Cat with Turkey Dry 4kg on Animed Direct

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Royal Canin Vet Care Nutrition Senior Consult Stage 1 Cat Dry 3.5kg on Animed Direct

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Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Regular Appetite Control Sterilised 7+ Dry Food 3.5kg on Animed Direct

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Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NC NeuroCare Canine 12kg Dry on Animed Direct

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Royal Canin Urinary S/O Ageing 7+ Dog Food Dry 8kg on Animed Direct

Royal Canin Urinary S/O Ageing 7+ Dog Food Dry 8kg

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