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Senior Dog Care

At Centretown Veterinary Hospital we celebrate our seniors! Ageing is a natural process and one that can be approached with grace. We encourage pets and their parents to monitoring their health more closely. Together, we can take preventative steps to provide the extra support for our seniors.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?

At Centretown Veterinary Hospital, we consider all dogs less than 25kg (55lbs) a geriatric patient after eight years of age and all dogs over 25kg a geriatric after six years of age.

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

There are many age-related changes that start to occur as we age, such as decreased hearing, sight and mobility, changes in appetite or elimination, wear and tear on joints and skin. By seeing your veterinarian regularly, we can work as a team to be proactive in helping pets adapt to these changes before they become a concern. Regular lab work is recommended to assess the functionality of major organs, red and white blood cells and platelets, thyroid and bladder health. Finding and addressing abnormalities sooner than later can give us a better chance to prevent more serious changes down the road.

How should I care for my senior dog?

Dogs (and cats) can experience some of the same age-related changes that people do, but they age more rapidly than we do. This means that small changes can become a big concern quickly. We recommend doing a physical exam and routine blood work every 6 months when pets reach these milestones as a lot can change in a year!

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Last updated: August 4, 2020

Dear Clients,

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. 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 Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

5. 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!

- Your dedicated team at Centretown Veterinary Hospital