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Senior Dog Care

While we all wish our pets would stay young forever, they unfortunately age at a quicker pace than we do. Senior pets experience the same symptoms and challenges of aging that humans do, so they require a little extra health care and a little extra love!

When is a dog considered a senior pet?

It depends on the dog’s breed. Usually, small breed dogs are considered seniors at around 9 years of age, medium to large breeds at around 7 years of age, and giant breeds like Great Danes become seniors at about 5 years old.

How should I care for my senior dog (example: schedule regular check-ups, exercise, special diet, etc.)?

It is strongly recommended to bring your pet in once a year for a physical exam and bloodwork. Older dogs are more at risk for health conditions like kidney disease, heart disease, arthritis, low thyroid, etc. Some of these conditions can be managed if they are caught early enough, but treatment becomes more difficult if the disease is advanced. Yearly blood panels are a great way to monitor your pet’s health and catch a health condition while it’s still in the early stages. There are also diets specially formulated for older pets that cater to the specific health needs of senior pets.

Last updated: May 12, 2021

Dear Clients,

In light of the rising cases of COVID-19 in our region, we will be introducing more stringent physical distancing measures effective immediately. This is all a part of our effort to continue providing the care that our patients deserve, while also providing the utmost protection for our team members and clients. Please kindly review the points below before your next appointment.

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

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Embrun Veterinary Hospital