Regular check ups are more important in older pets, which may start to get teeth problems and tartar build up which as well as being unpleasant, can lead to general debility. Many older pets become stiff and sore in their joints, which is especially noticeable on cold mornings. There are many safe medications and diets that your vet can prescribe to help this. Older pets also present problems when you go to buy their food. They may get fussier, eat less, tend to put on weight more easily, and then you are faced with choices of senior food, adult food, mature food, dry food or canned food. Different food manufacturers use varying criteria to identify mature and senior pets. Generally the senior or mature foods are designed for the older pet that is starting to slow down a bit. They may have fewer calories and be easier on the digestive system. They may have less protein, which an older pet may not need and which can stress older livers and kidneys when in excess. If you are unsure of the diet that is best for your pet, the team at your vet clinic is trained to give you professional and impartial advice