When our dogs or cats get older, their needs change, including their eating habits and diets. We all want to feed our senior pets the best food to help them achieve happy, healthy and longer lives. Check out all our tips to see what you should feed your senior pet.

What Age is a Senior Pet?

Your pet is considered a senior pet at different ages depending on your pet’s species, size and/or breed. Large breed dogs age the quickest and are considered a senior dog around 7 years old. Smaller breed dogs, usually under 50lbs, are considered senior dogs around 10 years old. Cats are typically considered seniors when they are over 10 years old.

Do Senior Pets Need Different Food?

When it comes to what to feed your senior pet, they need quality nutrition to support their overall well-being. They should eat less processed foods that are gentler on the digestive system with quality ingredients. Consider a diet that contains probiotics and antioxidants to help promote whole body health. Make sure your senior pet stays properly hydrated by keeping water bowls clean and filled and feeding food high in moisture.

Raw Food for Senior Pets

Raw diets, for dogs or cats, contain a high moisture content so you can feel confident that your senior pet is getting proper hydration from their meals, which is important for kidney function as they age.

Wet Foods for Senior Pets

Wet foods, for cats or dogs, are an easy way to add add hydration, and provide great nutrition and a complete and balanced diet for your senior pet.

What to Feed a Senior Pet with Missing Teeth

Raw diets, whether frozen raw option for dogs or cats, or a freeze-dried raw option for dogs or cats, are easy for your senior pet to eat if they are missing teeth or have oral health issues. Wet foods are also great for senior pets with difficulty chewing.

If introducing a new food to your senior cat or dog’s diet, do so slowly by mixing the new food with their current diet for the first 7-10 days, gradually increasing the amount of the new food while decreasing the amount of the old food.

Regardless of which breed or species your pet is, it’s important to feed your senior pet nutritious, high quality food. This supports their overall well-being as they grow older so you can help make their golden years the best they can be!