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Nourishing dogs and cats through their twilight years

Lumbis, R H


R H Lumbis


Ageing dogs and cats represent a significant proportion of the canine and feline population. Factors attributed to increasing longevity in these species include improved veterinary health care; nutrition; and a healthier lifestyle. Lifespan is also reportedly influenced by genetics and breeding, gender, size, breed and neuter status. Appropriate nutrition and dietary management have contributed to improved quality of life, and life expectancy of senior dogs and cats, and should be considered a key component of the care of these companion animals. The current article will explore the terms used to describe an ageing dog or cat; consider the species-specific nutritional adaptations required during this latter life-stage; and discuss how these can be met through dietary provision.


Lumbis, R. H. (2018). Nourishing dogs and cats through their twilight years. Veterinary Nurse, 9(2), 75-82

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 28, 2018
Publication Date Mar 30, 2018
Deposit Date Apr 12, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 1, 2018
Journal Veterinary Nurse
Print ISSN 2044-0065
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 2
Pages 75-82
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