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Q: diet or senior food

February 4, 2010 | By Anonymous | 5 answers | Expired: 1645 days ago

Anonymous

My Chihuahua, Honeybee, weights six pounds and should weigh three- four.
He was on Blue B. and did lose weight- but the
cost is unreal.
He will be seven years in April. Do I put him
on a good quality DIET food or a SENIOR food?
Thanks!

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Amber
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Feb 04, 2010

it would probably depend a lot of the food and what exactly makes that particular food a "senior formula". many "senior formula" foods are lower in calories since senior pets will likely be less active. something like this would be great for your pet, but not all senior foods are reduced-calorie. it will vary from brand to brand, so you should definitely check closely before buying something just because it says "senior formula". also, there are some "diet" foods out there that also have glucosamine and chondroitin added, which could make them a good option for seniors too. and then some brands won't necessarily say "senior" or "diet" on their bag. i can't remember which brand i was looking at in Pet Co the other day, but i noticed that it described the food as "low calorie" and "well suited for senior or overweight dogs".

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jackie
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Feb 04, 2010

My dogs range in age from 4 -13 we had a problem with crystals in the urine the vet recommended senior for them

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Debra B.
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Feb 05, 2010

I know that Science Diet has a "lite" senior diet formula and an "active longevity" (for active cats 7 years old and above) senior formula dry food for cats. I don't know about dry dog food. Calorie wise I'm not sure if there is much difference, but I believe that senior formulas will generally have more fiber in them so can help if the cats have a loose stool problem. Fiber will also make the cat feel fuller after eating less. I have switched all my cats to a senior formula, and they range in age from 10 months to 10 years old. I believe that the light or low calorie versions have more filler carbohydrates in them than protein or fat, and for an overweight cat, higher carbs isn't really a good thing.

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