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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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8 am - 6 pm Wednesday: 8 am - 7 pm Friday: 8 am - 4 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!