Thank you for contacting Drs. Foster & Smith with your question about diet.
We would strongly recommend discussing your pet’s dietary and nutritional needs with your veterinarian before switching diets. Dietary intolerances or sensitivities are best managed with special diets that should be fed under the supervision of a veterinarian. Some animals need to be fed a prescription diet because the over the counter diets do not manage the symptoms well. Some pets also have other medical issues, such as a history of urinary stones or diabetes, which are also managed with a special diet (but not the same diets used for dietary sensitivities). Your pet is nearing the age of becoming a senior pet, at which time many veterinarians will recommend a senior diet which is formulated to meet the nutritional needs of older pets. The Hill’s diet you mention is an adult maintenance diet and may not be appropriate for an older pet. Your veterinarian will make the determination of whether this diet is appropriate for your pet based upon your individual pet’s medical conditions, age, weight, activity level, and other medical history.
We hope this information is helpful. Thanks again for contacting us.
Drs. Foster & Smith