Will your furry friend’s diet need to change as your pet ages? Find out by reading this article.
Does My Aging Pet Need Senior Pet Food?
You’ve probably noticed that many pet food brands offer special products for senior pets. You might even assume that your four-legged buddy will need to switch over to one of those products during old age.
But does your pet really need food created specifically for seniors?
That depends. Some do. But not all.
You can find out if your elderly pet needs senior food by asking yourself:
- Is my pet overweight?
- Does my pet have any health problems?
If you answered no to both questions, it’s probably fine to stick with regular adult food.
But if you answered yes to one or both questions it might be time to consider switching to senior pet food.
What to Do If Your Pet Gains Weights
As your pet ages, everything starts to slow down. That includes your pet’s metabolism, which can ultimately result in obesity.
Obesity can cause or exacerbate health problems like diabetes and arthritis. So, if your pet is starting to pack on the pounds, you need to find a senior pet food that has fewer calories.
What to Do if Your Pet Loses Weight
Not all senior pets get heavier. Some lose weight.
If that’s your pet, make an appointment with your veterinarian to ensure there are no serious health problems causing the weight loss.
If no health issues are found, increase your pet’s calorie consumption based on your veterinarian’s recommendations.
What About Protein for Senior Pets?
Something else to consider is your pet’s protein needs. Some believe that aging pets require less protein. This isn’t true.
Others think senior pets need more protein. But that also isn’t necessarily the case.
Speak with your veterinarian to determine your pet’s protein needs. Then, find a senior pet food that contains just the right amount of that nutrient.
Listen to the Senior Pet Podcast to learn more about caring for your senior pet.