Less Active & Senior Pets
Your less active or senior pet’s dietary needs can be as individual as her personality.
First, the likelihood of your pets becoming overweight increases with aging or decreased activity. Helping those pets maintain a healthy weight may require a lower calorie diet.
Alternatively, some older seniors struggle to maintain their weight and muscle mass due to a decrease in their digestive capabilities. In these cases, your pet can benefit from a higher calorie, higher fat diet that offers a variety of fibers and/or prebiotics.
Supporting brain function is also important for senior pets. Diets that include a concentrated source of DHA, the biofunctional omega-3 fatty acid, can be particularly helpful. At Natural Balance®, we’re dedicated to developing diets that will support the health of all your pets. Explore the FAQ’s for more info and recommendations on specific formulas!
My pet is getting elderly, but not becoming overweight. Should I transition him/her to a lower calorie diet anyway?
Healthy, lean elderly dogs or cats do not need to be transitioned to another diet simply based on their age. Every Natural Balance® All Life Stages diet is nutritionally balanced to meet your pet’s needs throughout their senior years.
My pet is becoming overweight. What are your feeding recommendations?
Younger senior or less active pets should be fed measured portions to avoid obesity. Don’t leave food out. Regular exercise will also help maintain muscle tone and support a healthy body weight.
If those measures aren’t working, check with your vet and consider transitioning your pet to one of our Reduced Calorie or Low Calorie products. If you decide to do so, transition to the new food gradually over 7–10 days.
My older senior pet seems to eat normally, but is struggling to maintain his/her weight and muscle. What does Natural Balance® recommend?
First, consult your vet as there may be underlying reasons for this struggle. These pets can be fed free-choice. If this issue is a result of a decrease in your dog’s digestive capability, we recommend Synergy Dry Dog Formula. This is a higher calorie, highly digestible diet with increased fat. Synergy also has a variety of fibers for digestive support and prebiotics to ease digestion.
Our Original Ultra® Whole Body Health® Dog and Cat Formulas are also higher in protein with our unique fiber layering system.
My senior pet is becoming less interested in eating. Do you have any suggestions?
Proper care of your pet’s teeth and gums is essential to help prevent a decrease in food intake due to dental problems. So, have your vet check your pet’s teeth regularly.
You can also try moistening your pet’s dry food with warm water, feeding in a quiet area away from other pets and noise, and encouraging your pet during meal time.
What can I feed my pet to support brain function as he/she ages?
Our Original Ultra® Whole Body Health® Dog and Cat Formulas have a concentrated source of DHA, which is the important omega-3 fatty acid that supports brain function in senior pets.