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Do you feed your older dog a senior dog food, or are you planning to do so when he reaches a certain age? If so, you might be interested in a few facts about dog foods that are ostensibly designed for the canine senior citizens among us. Credit: Thinkstock First of all, the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has not developed specific nutrient recommendations for older dogs. Pet food manufacturers can pretty much call any food they make a "senior" diet so long as it complies with AAFCO's adult maintenance guidelines. Pet food companies often tout what makes their senior dog foods special (e.g., enhanced antioxidant levels, added omega-3 fatty acids, and the presence of...

7 Great Reasons to Adopt a Senior Cat

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Why might you want to consider adopting a senior cat? There are lots of good reasons. Here are seven of the best. 1. When you adopt a kitten, their personality is still developing. As a result, you won't know whether your new friend is going to be a lap cat or an independent spirit. With a senior, that's not true. Their personality is already fully developed, so what you see is what you get. You'll know right away whether your new feline companion is going to be a cuddlebug or an independent thinker. Keep in mind though that, in a shelter environment, your new cat's personality might not shine through quite as strongly because of the stress and fear...

Feline Hyperthyroidism

Feline hyperthyroidism is a commonly diagnosed disease, particularly in our senior cats. The disease results in excess levels of thyroid hormone being produced in the thyroid gland and circulated through the affected cat's blood stream. This excess thyroid hormone has a number of effects on your cat's body. Symptoms commonly seen in cats with hyperthyroidism include: –An increased appetite (sometimes described as a voracious appetite) –Weight loss (often despite an increase in appetite) –Increased thirst –Increase urination –Vomiting –Diarrhea –Restlessness/hyperactivity RELATED: Vaccination Programs for Puppies and Kittens Besides these symptoms, several other...

7 Most Common Illnesses in Senior Cats

Today, our cats are living longer than ever before, thanks in part to advances in veterinary medicine, pet nutrition, and preventive health care. With this increase in lifespan comes an increase in the diseases typically seen more commonly in older cats as well. Here are seven of the most common diseases that affect senior…

50 Adoptable Senior Dogs

We love senior dogs! Thanks to Petfinder, we have gathered 50 beautiful senior dogs who would like nothing more than a loving home. Senior dogs are generally calm, gentle and good with children. Consider adopting one of these old timers. 1. Name: Summer Location: Alabama About: What a beautiful…

When Ann Mundy of Bedforshire, England, adopted her cat Wadsworth as a kitten, he was the runt of his litter and suffered from several health problems. Mundy was able to get the kitten healthy with the help of veterinarians, but she probably didn't expect him to live an extra-long life after his tough start. Surprise: Waddy is now 27 years old, according to BBC News. "He was very poorly and sick when we got him," Mundy said of her cat. "He was back and forth to the vets in the first few weeks. He was full of infection but with the...