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Senior Dog Care

Due to improved veterinary care and dietary habits, pets are living longer now, than they ever have before. One consequence of this is that pets, along with their owners and veterinarians, are faced with a whole new set of age-related conditions.

When does a dog become a senior?

The spectrum of life stages is affected by both the size and breed of the dog. In general, small dogs are considered senior at the age of seven. Larger breed dogs tend to have shorter lifespans and are considered senior when they are approximately six years of age.

What are common senior dog health issues?

Common health issues include: cancer, heart disease, kidney/urinary tract disease, liver disease, diabetes, joint or bone disease, senility and/or weakness.

How should I care for my senior dog?

Increased veterinary care: Senior pets should have semi-annual veterinary visits instead of annual visits, so signs of illness or other problems can be detected early and treated. Senior pet exams are similar to those for younger pets, but are more in depth, looking for specific physical signs of diseases common in older pets and may include blood work.

Diet and nutrition: Senior dogs have different dietary requirements than younger dogs. Often, they require foods that are more easily digested, with specific nutrient and mineral levels to facilitate their changes in metabolism and activity levels.

Weight control: Weight gain in senior dogs increases the risk of health problems.

Maintaining mobility: Keeping older pets mobile through appropriate exercise promotes joint health and helps keep them overall healthier.

Mental health: Senior pets can show signs of senility. Stimulating them through training and puzzle activities can help keep them mentally active. If any changes in your pet’s behaviour are noticed, please consult your veterinarian.

Environmental considerations: Older pets may need changes in their lifestyle, such as more comfortable sleeping areas, ramps/stairs for furniture, assistance on stairs, more time indoors, etc.

Reproductive diseases: Non-neutered/non-spayed geriatric pets are at higher risk of mammary, testicular, and prostate cancers.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our inside door will be locked. You can come into the vestibule and we will let you in when you get here or you can call us at 705-674-9191 upon arrival for your appointment or pick up. We ask that only one person bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian.

2. We are continuing to accept regular appointments so please call ahead to book a time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 12 pm - 8 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Baxter Animal Hospital