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Senior Dog Care

Although your pet needs specialized care at all life stages, caring for a senior dog often requires a little extra TLC (tender, love and care). Your veterinary team should play an integral role in keeping your pet healthy as they age. Regular wellness exams, senior blood work and diet recommendations are just a few of the many ways we can assist you in ensuring your pet is happy and healthy. Please give us a call to schedule a consultation for more information on caring for your senior dog.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?


Life stages in dogs are dependent on the dog’s breed/size. Small and medium-sized dogs are considered to be seniors from 7-10 years of age and geriatric at age 11 onward. For large and giant breed dogs, age 6-8 years are considered seniors, and they are geriatric at age 9+.

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


Yearly examinations with a veterinarian are recommended, as well as regular blood work to screen for diseases that are common with ageing, such as kidney failure, liver disease and pancreatitis. Cognitive dysfunction is also commonly seen with age; therefore, keeping in close contact with your vet regarding any changes is important.

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