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Senior Dog Care

Senior dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Nutrition, lifestyle, and genetics all play a part in the ageing process, just like people. Starting them off right with, regular check-ups, good nutrition and regular exercise will help prolong your pet’s life. You may notice signs of ageing and have the common misconception that they are just “getting older.” Sometimes, the symptoms that we just shrug off to an ageing pet can actually be signs of treatable diseases. There is so much we can do to help keep them healthier and happier longer!

When does a dog become a senior?


Depending on the breed of dog you have, will depend on when they are considered a senior. Small dogs are considered senior at age 10-11, where giant breed dogs are around 5-6 years of age. A general rule would be any pet over the age of 7 years of age should be monitored for changes and its medical care and lifestyle should be tailored accordingly.

What are common senior dog health issues?


Common senior dog health issues are dental disease, arthritis, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, eye disorders, endocrine disorders and cancer.

How should I care for my senior dog?


Senior dogs should be seen every 6 months for a complete physical examination and consultation with a veterinarian. This examination will include blood testing to help give the doctor an internal picture of how your pet’s organs are functioning. This will help us catch most diseases before they are uncontrollable. Early detection can help slow down the disease process and have your senior dog spending their golden years with you.

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North Town Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, North Town Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community we are limiting the amount of clients permitted inside of our building. We have initiated a semi- open door policy to allow one person inside the hospital while your pet is here for a scheduled exam. One person is also permitted inside the hospital for surgical drop offs. Our emergency services remain closed door to clients as our building does not allow for proper social distancing while waiting for the veterinarian. Please call 905-451-2000 when you arrive for your appointment, surgical drop off or emergency service to gain further direction from one of our team members. You can also place an order for pet food through our Online Store by visiting our website.

EMERGENCY CASES

- If possible, please call us at 905-451-2000 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 905-451-2000, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.