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Feeding your Senior Pet

Feeding your Senior Pet

What is the difference between supermarket and premium quality pet food?

When it comes to pet food, you really do get what you pay for. Premium diet, the type we stock and recommend, are made from human-grade ingredients, and are specially formulated for your pet’s stage of life. Additionally, each batch of premium pet food is the same, compared to those produced by supermarkets, which tend to use whichever ingredients are cheap and accessible at the time.

Compared to supermarket foods, premium diets:

  • Contain higher quality proteins
  • Contain a more easily digestible fibre
  • Promote and support dental health
  • Contain Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to improve skin and coat condition

Diets for senior or mature pets

Senior or mature diets are designed specifically to cater for the needs of dogs and cats over 7 years of age who are otherwise well.

They feature:

  • ~20% reduction in calories (as older animals tend to be less active)
  • Added glucosamine or chondroitin to support joint health and reduce arthritis symptoms
  • Additional Omega 3 fatty acids to reduce joint inflammation and aid coat health
  • Anti-oxidants to protect against free radicals
  • Reduced sodium to decrease the fluid load on the heart
  • Reduced phosphate levels to decrease strain on the kidneys
  • Added tryptophan, an amino acid which supports brain function and helps regulate sleep, anxiety and appetite
  • The amino acid, Leucine, to minimise muscle wasting

Feeding your senior pet if they are unwell

Some internal organs age faster than others, therefore some “age-related” conditions actually occur due to a particular organ beginning to fail.  Dietary change can successfully slow down the progression of these conditions. If these conditions are detected early enough, often a change in diet is all that is needed.  Any medication requirements will be determined after a full examination, usually involving urine and blood testing. Please consider that these are prescription diets and must be used under veterinary supervision.

Some conditions where diets can provide relief or increase your pet’s lifespan include:

  • Kidney disease in dogs and cats
  • Heart disease in dogs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Dementia and brain disease
  • Thyroid over-activity in cats