Having a senior dog or cat does not mean that your pet is close to the end of their life. As is true with humans, age is also a state of mind when it comes to our pets. Getting older in age does not necessarily mean that our pet is biologically old. All of this depends on factors like breed, genetics and overall health.

What to consider about your senior pet’s health

The proper nutrition and exercise is key to keeping your pet healthy, and can be a powerful tool in maintaining proper health as well as disease management and prevention. There is no perfect senior diet for pets simply because no two senior animals are alike. Becoming old is not an indicator of a change in the pet’s diet. For instance, most dogs at a certain age need a hip & joint or a skin and coat supplement to help them stay healthy and moving. Even a digestive supplement or a multivitamin can be added to promote a better working body. It all depends on the pet and their unique needs.

Common issues that senior animals face:

Low energy

Weight gain

Muscle loss

Low kidney function

Low immunity

Loss of appetite

Hair loss

Dental decay



Food Intolerances

Loss of mobility

Even if your pet has one or more of these, there is no base diet that contains all of the necessary ingredients to combat such issues. Adding the proper supplements that best suit your pet’s needs is key to have a well rounded diet for them.

What to ask yourself

How old is my pet?

The age of your pet is essential in determing whether they are a senior or not. By most standards, your pet is likely in the senior stage of their life between the ages of 7-10.

What breed is my pet?

Some breeds tend to have genetic issues. Investigating your pet’s breed (this includes mix breeds) can help you determine any supplements that might be needed to add to your pet’s diet.

What is my pet's activity level?

As pet’s become less active, they may require less protein. However, if your dog is 12 but is still quite active, reducing the protein in their diet might not be recommended.

Is my pet over/under weight?

Some pets tend to keep or lose weight once they are of senior age. Make sure your pet is close to the recommended weight according to their age and breed.

How are my pet's teeth?

Oral health is a very important part of digestion. This is especially true for domesticated pets due to their diets being dry. Knowing the condition of your pet’s oral health can also let you know what diet adjustments might suit them best.

How is my pet reacting to their diet?

Allergies and intolerances can increase with age and this can be due to a low immune system or just developments of old age. Keep an eye out for excessive scratching or itching as an indicator.

How is my pet's food intake?

Sometimes pets begin to eat less due to constipation which can easily be fixed with the addition of more fiber. When pets increase their intake of food but reduce their physical activity this can lead to obesity.

Does my pet have any illnesses?

A pet that already has a condition (diabetes, obesity, allergies, stones, etc…) might need to be fed a recommended diet that still mirrors their previous diet but contains some new adjustments.

How is my pet's skin & coat?

Loss of hair and coat condition can indicate a numerous amount of underlying issues with our pet. The skin is the largest organ in the body and needs to be well taken care of.

Make sure that your pet is up to date with their veterinarian. Ensuring that you have a clear picture of your pet’s health is essential in giving them the happiest and healthiest life possible!

Activa Custom Pet Food is the best senior formula available because supplementation can be adjusted as needed for your pet. Choose the right base, supplements and oils to guarantee that your pet will have a diet that meets every one of their unique needs!