Nourishing dogs and cats through their twilight years

Lumbis, R H (2018) Nourishing dogs and cats through their twilight years. Veterinary Nurse, 9 (2). pp. 75-82.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.12968/vetn.2018.9.2.75

Abstract

Ageing dogs and cats represent a significant proportion of the canine and feline population. Factors attributed to increasing longevity in these species include improved veterinary health care; nutrition; and a healthier lifestyle. Lifespan is also reportedly influenced by genetics and breeding, gender, size, breed and neuter status. Appropriate nutrition and dietary management have contributed to improved quality of life, and life expectancy of senior dogs and cats, and should be considered a key component of the care of these companion animals. The current article will explore the terms used to describe an ageing dog or cat; consider the species-specific nutritional adaptations required during this latter life-stage; and discuss how these can be met through dietary provision.