Your furry friend is inevitability going to age and will not be as young as they used to be.
We all know the scenario……… it seems like yesterday your pet was a little bundle of fluff. Suddenly they are getting on. They say time flies when you’re having fun! (which we are sure your pet is).
Life stages are different for different animals. Feeding and nutrition has changed for the better over the last few years. Thanks to this our pets are living healthier and longer lives. We all know you feed a baby animal appropriate food for weening and to support growth. Which is different to an adult animal. So it makes only makes sense that you should consider feeding your matured animal an appropriate life stage diet.
Dogs are usually considered mature after the age of 7 years old. Larger breeds are a little earlier. To help your dog to stay as fit and healthy as possible, you might want to consider a few changes to their diet.
Light / low calorie food – to help keep the middle age spread at bay!
Extra Glucosamine and Chondroitin added in food or use a supplement – helps maintain the joints and cartilage. So you can still enjoy those lovely walks.
Senior balanced diet with quality nutrients for optimum vitamin and mineral absorption – to support eye sight, skin, coat and nails. All of which can change with age.
Some older dogs prefer to have some wet food – aids digestion.
Cats are a little different. Keeping your feline friend in tip top condition. Shouldn’t be too much of a headache. Unless they are fussy, heaven forbid. A fussy cat… no surely not! As a guide mature or middle aged is from 7 – 10 years old. Senior is from 11 – 14 years old. 15 years old and beyond is geriatric. Some cats will live to be over 20 years old. As with dogs, cats need care to support their wellbeing with a balanced age appropriate food. There IS one out there that your cat WILL eat for more than two days on the trot! (we all know a fussy cat who demands variation. Or is that just our cat Arnold?!)
Let’s not forget the small animals out there.
Rabbits are typically considered adult between 1years old and 5years old. Depending on breed. A giant breed might be classed as adult at 9 months old. As a rough guide most small to medium rabbits are classed as senior between 6 – 8 years old. Giant rabbits are senior at 4yrs old.
To keep your bunny hopping into old age. All rabbits regardless of age MUST have fresh hay, greens and water. Life stage related nuggets help to provide dietary requirements. But a word of warning. Supplements, unless prescribed by a vet. Can be harmful. Your rabbit should get all they need from their diet.
We all know that as we age things change. Your pet is no different.
So think of when you were young and could eat anything and not gain weight. Or be bothered in the slightest about how far you walked. Now all you probably have to do is look at a dough nut and you’ve gained weight and got heartburn. Or is this just us!
With finding the right food to support your beloved pets dietary needs. You need look no further than our foods which range from adolescence, adult and senior to geriatric. These ranges can be found in various flavours and all from in the product you are viewing.
Pet Supplies Sussex look to cater to your pets needs. You can contact us on email:firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specialist needs or wish to discuss how best to manage your pets diet. We will always look to provide advise but any main concerns should always be consulted with your vet.
Aging Gracefully is an Art, so why shouldn’t your pet enjoy life to the fullest!