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Senior dog

Senior Dog Care

As your dog ages, they can be more prone to developing medical conditions as their body is not as quick at responding to disease and slower at recovering. This is why it is important to take extra precautions to help prevent disease and seek veterinary care quickly if your senior dog falls ill. A dog that is considered a senior can still be healthy or may begin to experience signs of aging.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?

The age at which a dog is considered a senior varies slightly depending on the breed. For smaller breeds aged 9-10, they are considered seniors, whereas ages 4-5 can be considered senior for large breed dogs.

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

Your senior dog should have an examination by your veterinarian at least yearly, sometimes more often, if there is already an underlying condition. Regular exercise is important for senior pets to help keep them at a healthy weight, but less strenuous/low impact exercise is often recommended to help protect their joints, as well as letting them rest when needed. There are diets available for senior pets, which can include supplements for joint health and reduced calories for often more sedentary lifestyles.

Last updated: December 2, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, we want to continue to keep our staff as well as our clients safe and healthy. As such, we have updated our protocols effective immediately.

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. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday (for food sales only): 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Appointments are seen Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm. Food sales are serviced weekly between 8am-9am and 5pm-6pm and on Saturdays from 9am-1pm.

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

- Your dedicated team at Queensway Veterinary Hospital