Top tips for feeding your senior pet
As pets enter their golden years, they may experience some age-related physical changes such as weight loss, decreased mobility and a decline in organ function. Their teeth and gums may become more sensitive, especially if they are in the last stages of periodontal disease and/or tooth resorption.
Adjusting your pet’s nutrition as they age may help keep your pet healthy and manage many medical problems.
- Control calorie intake: Your pet’s energy requirements may vary over time. Food intake, size and frequency may need to be adjusted or the diet changed to include lower or higher calorie foods to ensure that your pet maintains a healthy body condition.
- Ensure proper hydration: Aging can also repress your pet’s sense of thirst, so be sure you pet has easy access to water. Top cat tip: spread water bowls around the house to make sure your cat always has water available.
- Provide an ideal mix of nutrients: As your pet ages, their nutritional needs can change. Dietary modifications may be helpful in managing chronic diseases such as kidney disease or arthritis.
Talk with your veterinarian to ensure that your pet’s diet meets their needs as they age. Your veterinarian may also recommend a dental diet or softer food that is easier to chew.
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