SEE THE 
CUTTING EDGE FOOD SCIENCE
OF HILL’S SCIENCE PLAN
YOUTHFUL VITALITY

Created specifically to help 7+ pets fight the effects of aging.

PETS AGE
MUCH FASTER 
THAN PEOPLE

Dogs and cats age differently to 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 giant 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.

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

 

AGING HAPPENS
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 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.

2-6 YEARS

7-10 YEARS

11-14 YEARS

  • Decreased activity of genes
  • Increased activity of genes

2-6 YEARS

7-14 YEARS

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

Bags of Hill's Science Diet Youthful Vitality cat & dog food, specially formulated for your senior pet.
Hill’s Science Diet 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:

For Your Cat   For Your Dog

 

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:

1

Confusion

DIfficulty managing daily things like finding the door

2

Withdrawal

Socialises less than before with owner and other pets

3

Sleep routine changes

Change in sleep patterns, more awake at night

4

Accidents

Starts having accidents, despite being toilet-trained

5

Fatigue

Plays less, sleeps more

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