What care should I be providing to my aging pet?
All pets should be kept up-to-date with all preventative health care, regardless of age. This includes vaccinations, worming and flea control (amongst other things like ticks and heartworm, depending on location). Having a daily dental care routine is vital to protect against dental disease. All pets should receive regular veterinary health checks and should be fed age appropriate nutrition. Hill’s Science Diet portfolio provides science-led nutrition for healthy older dogs and cats of every size and a variety of needs.
Older pets should be groomed regularly to keep their coat healthy. This is particularly relevant to older cats with mobility issues who may struggle to groom. Regular grooming can help to stop painful matts from forming.
Why should I feed a senior or mature adult food to my pet?
Older animals often have decreased nutrient digestion, which means they cannot absorb the nutrients from their food as well as younger animals. It is therefore important to feed a food made with easy-to-digest ingredients for healthy digestion.
Older pets can also be prone to weight gain as they are not burning as many calories exercising, so it is important to feed foods that are specially formulated to support their energy and activity levels. Feeding a food containing high-quality protein to support lean muscles will also help a mature pet maintain a healthy body condition.
Senior foods should also contain balanced minerals to support kidney and heart health because excess minerals can lead the worsening of underlying disease.
Hill’s Science Diet Senior Vitality range is our breakthrough formula to help improve your senior pet’s everyday ability to get up and go.