Because dogs and cats age more quickly than people do, major health changes can occur much earlier in their lives. Pets can be considered “middle age” when they turn 7 and “retirement age” at 11, and often develop many of the same age-related issues seen in older people.
Use this slider to find your pet’s “real” age.
1#Age 1: Your pet is the equivalent of a human teenager
2-6#Age 2-6: For every calendar year, your pet ages about 4 human years
7-16#Age 7+: Age-related changes in your pet’s behavior may become more noticeable
Your cat is
in human years
Your dog is
in human years
FROM THE INSIDE OUT
At Hill’s, we’ve been studying how nutrition impacts pets’ cell function for over a decade. We learned the aging process is complex, slowing pets down both mentally and physically.
Pets’ Gene Activity Changes at 7 Years Old
Each column in these maps represents a different pet, and each row represents a specific gene to give us a full picture of how their cells change over time.
Compared to younger dogs and cats, older pets have different gene expression. This can affect how their bodies function, because some of those genes are associated with inflammatory processes, oxidative stress, immunity, DNA repair, energy production and protein metabolism.
Through our research we were able to identify these changes and develop Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality.
YOUR PET’S FOOD CANMAKE A DIFFERENCE
Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality was developed with the changing biology of your 7+ pet in mind. This breakthrough nutrition is made with our proprietary recipe of natural ingredients including fruits, vegetables, fatty acids and antioxidants plus added vitamins,minerals and amino acids — all working together to fight the effects of aging.
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HAVE YOU SEEN THE TELL TAILS?
As your pet ages, they may begin to show some of these outward signs. But because these age-related changes can creep up slowly, just like they do with people, you might not realize it at first.
Have you noticed any of these signs of aging?
If so, it might be time to change your pet’s food or talk to your vet.
Your pet is now confused by ordinary things, like how to find their bed
Naps have become more appealing than playing or exploring
Your pet doesn’t socialize with you as much as before
LOSS OF CONTROL
Your pet is well-trained, but has started having accidents
Sleeping patterns have changed, with more awake time during the night