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Muddy Creek Animal Care Center has a specialized doggie daycare program designed to provide your dog an enjoyable and engaging socialization experience. Our program provides structured 30-minute intervals of playtime outside with time in between to rest and recuperate. This helps to maintain a daily routine for your pet while still providing a method of energy exertion and interaction. Playtimes are held at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 4:20 pm.

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Dogs are placed into groups based on age, size, temperament, and play style to ensure that your pet's daycare experience is the best it can be. Your pet will enjoy our spacious, grassy play areas complete with toys and games. Our experienced daycare attendants oversee playtime to ensure that your pet is safe and happy at all times.

Doggie Daycare Hours

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Drop-off/Pick-up Hours: 7:00 am - 7:45 pm

Daycare Requirements

Dogs must be current on the following vaccines: Distemper/Parvovirus, Rabies, Bordetella (Kennel Cough), and Canine Influenza. All dogs must be free from Internal and External Parasites.

Muddy Creek Animal Care Center recommends that all dogs be spayed or neutered between 6-8 months of age. To ensure appropriate behavior and safety in daycare, all dogs must be spayed or neutered by 8 months of age. If a dog is exhibiting inappropriate behavior prior to be spayed or neutered while they are under 8 months of age, it will be determined on an individual basis if the dog is allowed to continue to partake in daycare by the daycare team. Any dog over 8 months of age that is not spayed or neutered may not attend our daycare program.

Doggie Daycare Forms

For more information on our daycare service, please review our informational brochure and promotional flyer below. If you are bringing your dog in for scheduled daycare, please fill out the registration form below. You may email your completed Doggie Daycare registration form to us at clientcare@muddycreekanimalcare.com or bring it with you when dropping off your pet.

Doggie Daycare Brochure (PDF)

Doggie Daycare Packages & Specials (PDF)

Doggie Daycare Registration Form (Word doc)
Doggie Daycare Registration Form (PDF)

  Dog Trainer Katelyn, Muddy Creek Animal Care Center
 

Our dog trainer Katelyn Rollins with her two dogs, Lexus and Hunter.

Muddy Creek Animal Care Center offers a variety of dog training programs including group classes, private obedience lessons, behavior modification and even a program specifically designed for children and their canine companions.

All programs are instructed by our resident dog trainer Katelyn Rollins. Katelyn is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, an Animal Behavior College graduate, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a Professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She also holds a degree in Veterinary Technology and has extensive experience as a dog daycare attendant.

Whether you are simply looking for obedience training or need help modifying concerning behavior with your dog, Katelyn has the experience and knowledge to help you achieve your training goals. All training programs are designed to be an enjoyable experience, and to strengthen the bond between you and your dog.

Visit our Dog Training Class Schedule page for the upcoming class schedule.

Puppy Kindergarten Class

This class is designed for puppies 2-5 months of age.
Maximum of 6 puppies per class.

This class covers proper puppy socialization and how to solve common problems like jumping, chewing, mouthing and housebreaking. The puppies will be introduced to basic obedience commands like sit, down, stay, release, wait, recall, loose-leash walking, watch, leave-it, settle, and drop it. You will learn how to capture your puppy’s good behavior, and how to eliminate unwanted behavior. The puppies will participate in a structured play group together during each class! Upon graduation of this class you and your puppy will be prepared to move on to a Basic Obedience Class.

Basic Obedience Class

Dog Training Session at Muddy Creek Animal Care CenterThis class is designed for dogs over 6 months. Maximum of 6 dogs per class.

This class covers basic obedience commands like sit, down, stay, release, wait, recall, heel, look, leave-it, place settle, drop it and side. In addition, this class covers how to properly greet other dogs and people. Weekly homework is assigned and time must be spent practicing techniques outside of class for your dog to be successful. Fun interactive games will be played in class to make practicing techniques fun and to build your dog's confidence! Upon graduation of this class you and your dog will be prepared to move on to an Advanced Obedience Class.

Advanced Obedience Class

This class is designed for dogs 6 months of age and older,
must be a Basic Obedience Class graduate. Maximum of 5 dogs per class.

This class covers how to achieve off-leash obedience with your dog (in a group class setting with distractions present). You'll also learn advanced obedience commands like heel, auto-sit, front, finish, under, back, forward, spin, and stop. Weekly homework is assigned and time must be spent practicing techniques outside of class for your dog to be successful. Fun interactive games will be played in class to make practicing techniques fun and to build your dog's confidence!

AKC Canine Good Citizen Prep and Test

This 4 week group class is designed for dogs over 6 months.

The American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (AKC CGC) certification is widely recognized for a high standard of dog behavior and is an excellent way to prepare for therapy dog training. This class prepares you and your dog to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test as well as improve on commands already learned.

The CGC Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test will obtain a certificate from the American Kennel Club. Tests are given throughout the country by approved evaluators. This Prep and Test program is designed to prepare you and your dog for the CGC test. The first 3 weeks of this program prepares for the CGC test items and the final 4th week is when the CGC test is conducted.

The Family Pack: Kids & K9s

This class is specifically for Kids and their K9s! Dogs and kids of any age welcome.
This private class consists of two 45-minute sessions.

This class will teach your child how to handle their dog in a safe and positive way. The main objective of this class is to create trust and respect between the participating child and their dog. The child in the class will be the main handler of their dog with the assistance of the trainer and their parents. They will be taught how to stop and prevent their dog from mouthing, nipping, jumping, and chasing them. In addition, they will be shown how to properly feed, brush, train and play with their dog. Parents must be present and participate during both sessions of the class.

NEW! Tricks & Games Class

Dog must be a Basic Obedience Class graduate. Maximum  of 6 dogs per class.

In this 6-week group class, you will learn how to teach your dog to do tricks like wave, crawl, spin, dance, high five, and much more. Games will also be played as a group to build confidence and to make training fun!  

Behavior Modification

This is a 45-minute private session. Packages available.

Our Behavior Modification programs are designed to evaluate and modify your dog's aggressive, fearful or anxious behavior. Learn why this behavior is occurring and learn how to modify these behaviors in private sessions.

Temperament Evaluations also offered. Please call for details.

Private Obedience Lesson

This is a 45-minute private session. Packages available.

Do you want to work on your dog's recall, leash pulling or other obedience skills like sit, down, stay, but don't want to commit to a 6 week class? Sign up for a private obedience lesson and get the one-on-one help you need from our dog trainer.

Class Schedule & Registration

Download our dog training brochure for pricing information or visit our Dog Training Class Schedule page for the upcoming class schedule.

If you would like to enroll in one of our training programs, please fill out the dog training registration form and submit it with payment to Muddy Creek Animal Care Center. Proof of up-to-date vaccinations and an annual negative fecal test must also be submitted to complete enrollment.

Is your puppy or dog ready for class?

Download and print our handy Dog Training Checklist to ensure you (and your dog) are ready to start a training class.

Please feel free to call (978) 948-2345 and speak to our trainer with any additional questions. We look forward to working with you and your dog!

Muddy Creek Animal Care Center offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet's medication is always available.

In order to better serve you and your pet, Muddy Creek Animal Care Center offers house call appointments for your convenience.

  • Please call the office at (978) 948-2345 to make an appointment or to inquire about availability and cost.

  • Veterinary House CallsDogs and cats benefit from house calls because they experience less stress by staying in familiar surroundings and their health improves from routine veterinary care.

  • Multi-pet homes will also find this service convenient as it eliminates the need to coordinate and transport numerous pets to our practice.

  • If you are not as mobile as you used to be or have a hard time getting your pet to the veterinarian, our doctors will come to you.

  • When the time comes to say goodbye, you can say goodbye to your pet in the familiar surroundings of home.

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours.

Please call us at (978) 948-2345 for immediate assistance.

If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet's referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Pet Emergency CallsWe refer after-hours emergencies to:

Bulger Veterinary Hospital
247 Chickering Road, Andover, MA 01845
(P) 978-725-5544

Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital
215 Commerce Way, Suite 100, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(P) 603-433-0056

Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital
20 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA 01801
(P) 781-932-5802

The New England Veterinary Oncology Group (N.E.V.O.G.)
180 Bear Hill Road, Suite C, Waltham, MA 02451
(P) 781-684 8688

Muddy Creek Animal Care Center also offers boarding for dogs, cats, rabbits, and ferrets so that you can leave your pet in total comfort at our full service kennel.

At Muddy Creek Animal Care Center, we try to make your pet's vacation a special occasion. We know the decision to board your pet can be an anxious time for you and your special friend. Our boarding facility provides a comfortable and relaxing home away from home for your pet when you need to be away on business, vacation or an emergency.

We pay special attention to assure your pet is safe and comfortable.

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Boarders at our facility enjoy the following amenities:

  • Immaculately Clean Cages and Runs
  • Owner Visits and Tours of the Facility
  • A Clean & Comfy Atmosphere
  • Fresh Bedding & Daily Housekeeping
  • Spacious Kennels
  • Individualized Care
  • Convenient Hours

We also offer peace of mind:

  • Attentive Staff
  • Individual Playtime
  • Extra Treats
  • Veterinary Medical Services if needed
  • All the Comforts of Home!

Boarding Requirements

  • Dogs must be current on the following vaccines — Distemper/Parvovirus, Rabies, Canine Influenza and Bordetella
  • Cats must be current on the following vaccines — Distemper (FVRCP) and Rabies Vaccine
  • All pets (dogs, cats, rabbits, and ferrets) must be free from Internal and External Parasites

Please feel free to fax your pet's vaccine history to us at 978-948-7840 prior to arrival. We look forward to your pet's vacation!

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For your convenience, our drop off/pick up hours for boarding your pet are as follows:

Mon: 8 - 11am, 3 - 6pm
Tues: 8 - 11am, 3 - 6pm
Wed: 8 - 11am, 3 - 6pm
Thurs: 8 - 11am, 3 - 6pm
Fri: 8 - 11am, 3 - 6pm
Sat: 8 - 11am, 1 - 2pm
Sun: 8 - 11am, 1 - 2pm
   

We look forward to your pet's stay at Muddy Creek Animal Care Center!

Pet Boarding Admissions Forms

Thank you for choosing Muddy Creek Animal Care Center to care for your pet. Please download and fill out the appropriate Boarding Admissions forms below.

You may email your completed form to us at clientcare@muddycreekanimalcare.com or bring it with you when dropping off your pet for its vacation at our comfortable and safe full-service kennel.

Feel free to fax your pet's vaccine history to us at 978-948-7840 prior to arrival to expedite the admissions process. We look forward to your pet's vacation!

Cat Tail Inn Boarding Packet 

Muddy Creek Dog Boarding Packet 

Little Paws Loft Boarding Form

Muddy Creek Ferret Boarding Form

Muddy Creek Rabbit Boarding Form

Muddy Creek Hamster Boarding Form

Muddy Creek Animal Care Center Boarding Tips — This packet contains information on what you should know about boarding your pet with us.

Doggie Daycare Forms

We offer Doggie Daycare! For more information on this service, please review our informational brochure and promotional flyer below. If you are bringing your dog in for scheduled daycare, please fill out the registration form below. You may submit the Doggie Daycare registration form online (email it to us at clientcare@muddycreekanimalcare.com) or bring it with you when dropping off your pet.

Doggie Daycare Brochure (PDF)

Doggie Daycare Packages & Specials (PDF)

Doggie Daycare Registration Form (Word doc)
Doggie Daycare Registration Form (PDF)

To help minimize the anxiety of our feline patients and to help increase their comfort while visiting, Muddy Creek Animal Care Center offers an exclusive cat-only reception area and exam rooms.

We are proud to be the only feline-friendly experience for cat owners in the greater Rowley area. We have also earned the Cat Friendly Practice Gold Standard status by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).Cat Friendly Practice logo

Click to learn more about our veterinary services for cats or call us at (978) 948-2345 to discuss your feline's care. We look forward to hearing from you!

Articles & Tips on Feline Health

Your cat's health is our top priority at Muddy Creek Animal Care Center. Feline patients have different needs than their canine counterparts, so we are sharing some great resources to help you identify medical or behavioral issues that your feline family member may be hiding from you.

We hope you will find these articles, tips and videos helpful. As always, please call us with specific questions regarding your cat or let us know how we can improve our feline veterinary services.

Videos on Cat Care

 
Cats & Carriers—Friends not Foes: This video gives step-by-step instructions on getting your cat into its carrier to turn a potentially stressful travel experience into a calm journey for your cat.
 
 
Tips for Taking Your Cat to the Veterinarian: In this video, Ilona Rodan, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, Feline Practice, offers expert advice on making your cat's veterinary visits stress-free. Regular veterinary visits will improve and extend your cat's life.
 
 

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Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.

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Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.

 

Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.

 
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Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
         
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  Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.   Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.  
 

Care Guides for Pet Owners

Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.

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Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.

 

Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.

 

Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

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Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.

Pet Exams for Dogs and CatsYour Veterinarian Will Check...

  • muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.

  • neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.

  • appropriate weight and  lifestyle for your pet's age.

  • lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.

  • vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.

  • skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
     
 

Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of Mind

Your pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
 
     


Download the Pet Exams handout

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Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.

Did You Know?

Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.

     
  Canine Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Leptospirosis

This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.

Lyme

This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.

 
 

Lifestyle Vaccines

These might be recommended if your dog visits boarding facilities, groomers, training classes, dog parks, and other social settings.

Bordetella

This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."

Canine Influenza

The canine influenza vaccine protects against a contagious respiratory infection.

 
 
     
  Feline Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.
 
     
 

Lifestyle Vaccine

This is given to all outdoor cats, including those who go out occasionally -even if it's just on an open porch.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.

 

 

     
 

Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on age, medical history and lifestyle.

 
     

Download the Pet Vaccines handout

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Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).

Did You Know?

It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.

Pet Dental & Oral Care

     
 

Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.

 
     


Download the Pet Dental & Oral Care handout

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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

     
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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.

Urinalysis

This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.

 
     
 
 
     
 

Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

 
     
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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
 
     
 
 
     
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.

 
     

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Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.

     
 

EXTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed visually by your veterinarian.

 
     
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Fleas

Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks

Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.

 
     
 
     
 

INTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams.

 
     
 
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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Heartworm

Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.

 
     
     
     
 

Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!

 
     


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Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.

Did You Know?

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.

Proper Nutrition

Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.

Common Foods To Avoid

Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
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Growth Diet

Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.

Adult Diet

Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.

Senior Diet

Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.

   
     
 

Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.

 
     


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