Lack of activity, leading to overweight or obese pets
Common diseases, such as cataracts, diabetes and arthritis
Tips for optimizing the golden years of senior pets
Be stringent about sticking to your pet’s preventative care routine. Your senior dog or cat should be seen regularly by your veterinarian and monitored for any changes.
Encourage as much exercise as possible. Maintaining lean muscle mass is critical for aging pets, so while you don’t want to overdo, it is important to establish an exercise routine and do your best to stick with it.
Feed pre- and probiotics. As pets age, their digestive ability decreases. These gut-supportive nutrients can help maximize digestive function and immunity.
Choose a nutrition program with higher protein levels but reduced calories and that is specifically formulated for senior pets. Research has shown that higher protein-to-calorie ratios may be beneficial for older dogs and cats.