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Senior Dog Care

As our dog’s age increases in years, so do their needs. With regular veterinary care and better nutrition, our dogs are living longer than ever before. Along with this, comes the need to maintain our dog’s wellbeing and comfort throughout the ageing process.

When does a dog become a senior?

Large dogs (over 50 lbs.) are considered a senior at 7 years of age. Small dogs are considered a senior at 8 years of age.

What are common senior dog health issues?

Common issues seen in seniors including arthritis, heart disease, hypothyroidism, dental issues, Cushing’s disease, cataracts, cancer and obesity.

How should I care for my senior dog? (schedule regular checkup, exercise, etc.)

We recommend physical exams every 6 months for senior pets and blood testing annually. The blood testing screens for hypothyroidism, kidney disease, liver disease, Cushing’s disease and more. Dogs are very good at hiding when they are sick, so it is very important to do regular exams and blood testing to look for any signs of disease. It is important to not overfeed your senior pet, as dogs who are overweight are more likely to develop osteoarthritis. Regular walks keep your dog fit and content. A large dog like a Golden Retriever needs about 3-5 km daily, whereas a smaller dog such as Shih Tzu may only need 1-2 km per day.

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Last updated: November 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

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

Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital