One important change to make when it comes to your senior pet is nutrition. Just like you don’t feed a puppy the same food as you do an adult dog, you should also not feed your senior dog the same old diet.
Both dogs and cats have changing nutritional needs as they get older. The right pet food can make a big difference in the health and longevity of your dog or cat.
One nutritional change that most pets experience is a need for fewer calories. This is partly due to the fact that your pet is less active and has a slower metabolism, therefore needs fewer calories If you continue feeding your pet as you always have, there is an increased risk of obesity, which is a catalyst for other health problems. Being overweight puts unnecessary stress on the joints and contributes to heart disease and diabetes.
In addition to caloric needs, your pet also requires a different nutritional balance than he did before. Senior pets need increased fiber and more easily digestible proteins.