Senior Pet Nutrition and Management

Julie A. Churchill, Laura Eirmann

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Senior dogs and cats commonly present to veterinary clinics for wellness examinations and for illness. Nutritional needs change in healthy elder pets compared with the young adult life stage. Veterinary health care teams must provide nutritional assessments and individual recommendations, recognizing there is no defined nutrient profile for seniors. Individual variation prevents a one-size-fits-all approach. Advancing age places pets at risk for developing medical conditions. Early detection can lead to earlier nutritional intervention to support recovery, health, and quality of life. However, comorbidities may present a nutritional conundrum, requiring prioritization of problems and nutritional triage to balance needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-651
Number of pages17
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2021

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  • Aging
  • Geriatric
  • Nutrition
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Senior

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review


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