Healthy aging for pets may not be something we think of when we bring our newest member of the family into our home, but it is very important to consider.
Disclaimer- This post was written in affiliation with and sponsored by Purina Canada as part of the #PurinaPetPeople ambassadorship. All thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are my own.
When Spike was a kitten, she had this orange stripe down the back of her head that made her look like Spike from the movie, Gremlins. Okay, I may be dating myself with my reference to that 1984 film. Also, I had no idea until today that the character I was referring to is actually named Stripe, and not Spike! ALL these years, I had it all wrong?!
Anyway, the name Spike suits our feline baby. I chose that name for her as soon as she was born. I was present when Spike’s mom had her litter, and it was one of the most incredible experiences.
Spike has been in our lives for ten…almost eleven years!
She has been in Little One’s life for as long as Little One can remember.
Spike is now a senior cat. She was born in March of 2007. She is still friendly and cuddly. She loves her snuggle time. The only thing is that now that she is older, Spike has the occasional accident inside the house. Princess Peach is also trying to be boss now that Spike is not as young or as agile as our younger cat. Princess Peach wants to be alpha, but Spike isn’t letting her be top cat just yet.
Healthy Aging for Pets
Pets don’t just make life better. They make it bigger. Together, we can do the same for them while helping to improve their lives, even as they age.
Did you know that October is Pet Wellness Month? Pet owners are reminded that preventative care is the easiest way to help their pets live longer and healthier lives.
November is Senior Pet Month (for pets over the age of 7). Pet owners are reminded to take preventative care of their older pets to keep them healthy and prolong their lives, and to remind others that senior pets need to be adopted and cared for too.
Some ways to keep senior pets healthy include spending lots of quality time with your aging pets — this gives them time with you and keeps them active. Food is another important part of maintaining your pet’s wellness.
Purina believes that people and their pets live bigger and better together and want to empower and educate Canadian pet owners with older pets on how to improve their pet’s lives with Purina’s most innovative products – Pro Plan Prime Plus for senior cats and Pro Plan Bright Mind for senior dogs.
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● Prime Plus is high in protein, with real meat as the number one ingredient in most formulas.
● Prime Plus contains high-performance and highly specialized formulas including advanced
nutrition that supports the healthy aging of cats.
● Backed by a 9 year study, Prime Plus has a proprietary blend proven to improve and extend
the life of cats age 7+ (findings based on cats exclusively fed a complete diet with the proprietary blend
vs. cats fed the complete and balanced diet alone.)
● Pro Plan Bright Mind is a premium dog food with life-changing nutrition, outstanding taste and
advanced formulas that feature top-quality ingredients.
● Bright Mind was created to support your dog’s cognitive health. Available for Adult dogs 7+
and Senior dogs.
● Bright Mind was the first dry dog food to use real meat as the number one ingredient.
● Bright Mind contains a special blend of enhanced botanical oils shown to promote memory,
attention and trainability in dogs age 7+ to support the healthy aging of dogs.
The Truth About Aging Pets
Some owners feel anxious and helpless as they think about their pets getting older. I know that when Chance first started showing signs of aging, I worried constantly about his health. Now that Spike is older, I worry about her too. She isn’t using her littler box properly anymore. She sometimes misses her litter box completely. Sometimes she even “does her business” where she isn’t supposed to. She’s a bit slower than she once was, and sometimes she goes into hiding, whereas when she was younger, she never hid. She seems to want solitude more, with the exception of when it comes to Little One. She loves Little One.
Spike has a healthy appetite, but seems to be a lot lighter than she once was. The vet has seen her, and has said she is in great health, even in her advanced age.
Purina wants to educate and empower pet owners with older pets through products that will enable their pets to enjoy a happier, healthier and longer life, which in turn can strengthen the bond they have with their owners.
Purina’s Pro Plan brand takes a pioneering approach that has inspired a full spectrum of high-performance and highly specialized formulas including advanced nutrition that supports the healthy aging of pets.
The goal of Pro Plan is to make a pet’s best life possible through the power of nutrition. Pro Plans’ advanced nutrition will help them to be energetic and resilient on the inside, while maintaining an ideal body condition, healthy skin and a stunning coat on the outside at every age.
Pro Plan is backed by a team of more than 500 scientists, including pet nutritionists and veterinarians, who continue to anticipate the evolving needs of pets and rethink what’s possible.
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