GERIATRIC NUTRITION

Why change the diet of your older animal?

A cat or dog is considered old or geriatric when it has passed half of his expected lifespan. Depending on the breed or size of the dog, this age can vary, but is usually between 7 and 9 years of age. Older animals need their diet to be changed as their need change with age.

To ensure that your aging animal receives an adequate diet, it is important to make recommendations on a case-by-case basis. Caloric intake is very important in most of our patients as they slow down as they age or they are overfed. If they become obese, this can exacerbate many other problems such as arthrosis or diabetes.

If your cat or dog vomits more than usual, it is possible that they are having more trouble digesting certain type of food as they get older. A diet that is more easily digestible might thus be indicated.

Some blood tests or a urinary analysis might help your veterinarian to choose an appropriate diet that fits your animal’s needs. For example, some diets exist that contain supplements that can help alleviate pain related with arthrosis, others can help diabetic patients maintain a healthy level of blood sugar and others can help with thyroid problems or even anxious patients.

Come visit our veterinarians with your animal. Call us at 450-671-7264.