PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What is the best nutrition for your senior pets?

ANSWER

Your cat or dog’s diet needs may change as they get older. Pets are usually considered “senior” when they are around 7 years old. Large dogs age more quickly and may enter their senior years when they are 6 years old.

You’ll want to take your senior pet to the vet for a thorough checkup more often. While you’re there, ask for advice about food. Your cat or dog might be among the many pets in the U.S. that need to lose weight. However, in older animals, weight loss can also be a problem. Food for senior pets can be easier to digest, have different ingredients and nutrients, and help with weight control.

SOURCES:

Association of American Feed Control Officials: “Selecting the Right Pet Food.”

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: “Feeding Your Cat.”

International Cat Care: “Feeding Your Cat or Kitten.”

National Research Council of the National Academies: “Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs.”

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Dog Nutrition Tips.”

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University: “Vegan Dogs -- a healthy lifestyle or going against nature?” “When your baby isn’t such a baby anymore -- when to switch to adult foods.”

American Kennel Club: “Fruits and Vegetables Dogs Can and Can’t Eat.”

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Senior Pet Care (FAQ).”

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, “2015 Obesity Facts and Risks.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 07, 2018

SOURCES:

Association of American Feed Control Officials: “Selecting the Right Pet Food.”

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: “Feeding Your Cat.”

International Cat Care: “Feeding Your Cat or Kitten.”

National Research Council of the National Academies: “Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs.”

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Dog Nutrition Tips.”

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University: “Vegan Dogs -- a healthy lifestyle or going against nature?” “When your baby isn’t such a baby anymore -- when to switch to adult foods.”

American Kennel Club: “Fruits and Vegetables Dogs Can and Can’t Eat.”

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Senior Pet Care (FAQ).”

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, “2015 Obesity Facts and Risks.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 07, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

Why do I need to consider seasons when controlling fleas and ticks in my pets?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.