Pets age much faster
Dogs and cats age differently than people, and major health changes can occur much earlier in their lives. Some pets can be considered "middle aged" at 7 (or 5 in the case of large breed dogs). Pets generally reach “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.
AGE 1: Your pet is the equivalent of a human teenager
AGE 2-6: For every calendar year, your pet ages about 4 human years
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
Large and especially giant breed dogs age much faster than smaller dogs. This means their nutritional needs change earlier: at around age 5. Changing foods at age 5 will help cater for their changing needs as they age.
from the inside out
At Hill’s, we’ve been studying how nutrition impacts pets’ cell function for over a decade. We learned the ageing process is complex, slowing pets down both mentally and physically.
Pets' cell functions change from
around 7 years of age
Each column (vertical line) in the following maps represents a different pet, and each row (horizontal line) represents a specific cell function. These maps give us an overview of how cell functions change in pets as they age over time.
- Specific cell function turned down (lower activity)
- Specific cell function turned up (higher activity)
Compared to younger dogs and cats, older pets have different cell functions. For example, the ability to build muscle mass is higher in younger pets than in older pets. Inflammatory processes on the other hand are higher in older pets than in younger pets, and this may impact cognitive brain functions.
Through our research we were able to identify these changes and develop Youthful Vitality.
Your pet's food can
make a difference
Hill’s™ Science Plan™ Youthful Vitality was developed with the changing biology of your adult 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 signs of ageing.
See the benefits:
Watch for these 5 signs of ageing
Just like with people, age can slowly creep up on pets. You may not realise your furry friend is starting to display some age-related changes. Look out for these signs and be sure to visit your vet if you’ve seen them experience:
DIfficulty managing daily things like finding the door
Socialises less than before with owner and other pets
- Sleep routine changes
Change in sleep patterns, more awake at night
Starts having accidents, despite being toilet-trained
Plays less, sleeps more