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Senior Dog Care

Senior dogs, as with senior humans, require more specialized care than younger dogs. Dogs have a much shorter lifespan than humans do so it is important to routinely monitor any changes in health or behaviour as the dog ages.

When does a dog become a senior?

This is a tricky question because it’s not the same age for all dogs. Generally, the larger the dog, the shorter the lifespan so big dogs are considered seniors at a much younger age than tiny dogs. For example, an Irish Wolfhound would be considered a senior dog around 5-6 years of age, whereas a Maltese would only be considered a senior around 8-9 years of age.

What are common senior dog health issues?

Senior dogs have many health issues so veterinary exams should be done routinely. Arthritis is very common in senior dogs and can lead to obesity because the dog finds it too difficult to be as active. Dental disease is very common in senior dogs and can lead to more serious illness involving the heart and kidneys. It is always best to prevent problems than it is to treat problems! That’s why it is so important to maintain a healthy weight in your pet and brush your dog’s teeth every day.

How should I care for my senior dog?

Nutrition is critical for senior dogs. You should be sure to feed a good quality food designed for senior or mature dogs. Twice yearly examinations are an excellent method to monitor health. Bloodwork to check the internal workings in your beloved pet should be done at least once a year. Our veterinarians can also make suggestions for supplements that will benefit your pet’s specific needs, such as Glucosamine.


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our door will be locked. Please call the number posted on the front door when you arrive and one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will come to take the history and collect your pet. Our veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss your pet's health before you leave.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday 8 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8 am - 4 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Cambrian Animal Hospital