Feeding Your Elderly Pet

Older pets can become very finicky as their appetites change. Older pets often need modifications to their feeding routine to help them continue to get the nourishment they need to flourish. If you are struggling with a diabetic pet, feeding becomes critical because it coincides with the administration of their medication. If you are struggling to get your pet to eat, two strategies have proven to work with older pets.


Change in Feeding System:

Some pets become very finicky with age and the food itself may not always be the issue. Changing a pet’s diet can lead to stomach upset or more aversion to food. Instead, as a first step, you may try changing your pet’s feeding dish.

The makers of The Pet Plate have developed a flat feeding dish that is suitable for both cats and dogs who are finicky. Almost all of their customers are pet parents of finicky pets who refused to eat, even after a diet change. The Pet Plate works especially well with pets eating a home cooked diet or for pets who prefer to eat from the floor.

Another option or additional option for pets who refuse to eat may be a change in diet. Use caution when changing a pet’s diet as a last resort because abrupt diet changes can cause a pet to become more finicky. If you decide to change your pet’s diet, it should be done gradually, introducing the new food slowly over the course of a couple of weeks so they have time to get comfortable with the new food.

Change in Diet:

Older pets who become finicky may become adverse to a diet they once enjoyed. Some owners find that feeding a home cooked diet or switching to a senior pet food may be more desirable for an older pet. It can become especially challenging to feed an older pet who has special needs, like dependency on insulin, where adequate food consumption is critical to administering insulin. While there are many senior pet foods available on the market and several pet diet sites for home cooked meals to reference, one site offers customized meal plans based on your pet’s medical needs.

The vet’s at Pet Diets¬†can provide customized diets that are tailored to your pets dietary needs, size, medical needs and more. If you are struggling with meal time frustration, a change in diet to a home cooked diet may help. While there are many homemade pet food recipes online or books available for sale, many do not offer nutritionally balanced recipes that are designed specifically for your pet and based on your pet’s unique needs. If you are looking to cook a home cooked meal, consult with a vet specialist trained in pet nutrition. Dog treats can also be home cooked, as opposed to store bought treats with a lot of fillers and preservatives. Dog treats should not be used as a substitute for balanced meal nutrition.

Here is a recipe for homemade dog treats

There are also many different types of senior dog foods on the market that are recommended for aging pets. Visit our pet food information page to learn more about senior pet food and whether a switch to senior pet food is right for your pet. Once you have selected a brand, visit the list of food recalls before buying.

The bottom line is, there is no need to get frustrated at meal time when there are viable solutions that can offer much needed mealtime help.

Still not convinced that switching your pet’s food is the answer. Read our blog to learn more about senior pet food for elderly pets.