Looking After Senior Pets

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A pet’s biology changes over time, especially when they reach age 7. Older pets have different nutritional needs than younger pets and should be switched to a food tailored for their life stage around age 7. However, we know that the parents of older pets don’t feed their pet – or don’t know how to feed their pet – an appropriate “senior” food.

Ageing occurs on a cellular level

At age 7, pets’ cell function starts to change. Through more than a decade of research into how nutrition impacts pets’ cell function, a lot has been learned about how the right food can help.


As pets age, the optimal range for key nutrients becomes narrower, making it easier to tip into dietary deficiencies or excesses. This is why it is important to speak to clients about the importance of age-appropriate food and why a switch at 7 can help.

Making a nutritional recommendation

If your client answers “yes” to at least one question, their pet could benefit from a food tailored for their 7+ life stage.

  1. Does your pet look like they’ve lost their motivation to get up and go?
  2. Do they act more forgetful?
  3. Do you feel they are more grumpy or withdrawn?

Age-appropriate nutrition can help keep pets feeling like they are in their prime adult years, regardless of age.


Hill’s Science Plan Senior Vitality improves the everyday ability to get up and go.

  • A special blend of ingredients supports brain function, interaction, energy & vitality
  • Omega-3 & -6 fatty acids for a luxurious coat
  • Easy-to-digest ingredients for healthy digestion

Recommend this diet to parents of senior dogs and cats to help meet their pets’ needs as they head into their golden years.

For more information, visit www.HillsPet.co.za or www.SeniorPets.co.za

Categories: Pet Nutrition


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