Wondering when your pet is considered senior?

And how to best care for them during their golden years?

You’re not alone.

You see, pets age differently based on their breed and size. 

Generally, dogs are seniors around 7 to 10 years old. But larger breeds might be seniors by 5-6 years. 

Cats, on the other hand, usually reach senior status around 7 to 10 years old.

Now once your pet hits this milestone, it’s essential to adjust their care. So you can keep them as healthy and happy as possible.

Here’s how…

Keep Them Moving 

Your pet might be slowing down, compared to their previous, younger self…

But regular, gentle exercise is still crucial.

Short, daily walks for dogs or indoor playtime for cats is ideal. Keeping their muscles strong, joints flexible and minds sharp. 

Don’t forget to always check for signs of fatigue or discomfort. If needed, adjust the intensity based on their changing energy levels.

For dog owners, it’s also worth considering your ageing dog’s toilet needs. 

As they get older, your dog might need ‘to go’ more often. Meaning you’ll have to plan for more frequent but shorter walks. 

Ideal Nutrition 

Senior pets need a balanced diet tailored to their age. Especially if they have different health conditions as well. 

Look for high-quality, senior-specific pet food. These diets often have the right balance of nutrients to support ageing bodies.

Your vet can help give you dietary suggestions, tailored to your pet’s needs.  

Pro tip: Remember to keep an eye out on your pet’s portions. Helping prevent obesity and unhealthy weight gain.  

And why not have a look at our supplement solutions for dogs and cats

Helping pets of any age, size or breed meet their nutritional needs. Even during their golden years. 

Grooming Tips

It’s still just as important to groom your pets. Helping them feel their very best. 

Brush your pet’s fur often to reduce shedding and prevent mats. Trim their nails to avoid discomfort. 

Older pets might have drier skin, so gentle baths with a moisturising shampoo can help. 

What’s more, regular grooming sessions can also give you a chance to check for lumps, bumps or other changes.  

Restful Sleep 

You’ll quickly notice how older pets need more rest. 

So providing a comfortable, supportive bed for them is crucial. Make sure it’s in a quiet area of your house, so your pet can rest undisturbed.  

For dogs or cats with extra aches and pains, you can consider getting them an orthopaedic bed.

These can help with even weight distribution, to keep your pet more comfortable. 

Perfect for animals with arthritis or joint issues. So they can wake up feeling as refreshed as possible. 


Frequent vet check-ups are essential for senior pets. 

Simply make sure to schedule visits at least twice a year. To help catch any potential health issues early. 

Keep up with vaccinations, dental care and parasite prevention.

And if you notice any changes in behaviour, appetite, even vision or hearing, discuss these with your vet.

A Loving Home

Senior pets thrive in a loving environment. 

So spend some quality time with them, showing extra affection and patience. After all, your beloved pet is still as playful at heart as ever! 

Now while caring for a senior pet requires some adjustments…

The love and joy they bring make it worthwhile. 

And with proper care, they can continue to be happy and healthy members of your family for years to come.