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Senior Dog Care

Senior Dog Care

Senior dogs have different requirements in terms of care than a younger dog would. For many pet lovers, watching our dogs grow older is a comforting and rewarding experience. It is sometimes hard to believe the same bundle of energy tearing around the yard so many years ago is now the calm and kind old friend curled at our feet. When your furry friend begins to slow down, starts to put on a little weight or stiffen up, they need your help and understanding. Unlike a fellow human, your dog can’t take responsibility for its care. They rely on you!

When is a dog considered a senior pet?


It would depend on the breed. Large breed dogs would be considered a senior pet long before a toy breed would be. If you have any questions concerning the health of your pet, please give us a call at 753-0506.

What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?


The most common health issues experienced by senior dogs can include things like arthritis, gum disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer and dementia.

How should I care for my senior dog? (example: schedule a regular checkup, exercise, etc.).


Caring for a senior dog can include seeing your veterinarian yearly, annual bloodwork, having them on a senior diet, taking care of their dental health, allowing them to exercise and providing grooming if they are unable to do it themselves.

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Last updated: May 10, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are now allowing 1 client per appointment (or 2 clients in the case of euthanasias) to come into the hospital. 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

3. 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.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- 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 Torbay Road Animal Hospital