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Senior Dog Care

As our dogs enter their “golden years,” it is important to realize that, like us humans, their needs and requirements will change. Our pets can suffer from many of the same “old age” ailments we do: arthritis, dental disease, obesity, weight loss/muscle wasting. We have many options available to help ease our pets into their golden years and help them shine!

When does a dog become a senior?

This will vary depending on the size of your dog. The larger your dog, the sooner those golden years will approach. Smaller breeds tend to not reach those golden years until a bit later.

What are common senior dog health issues?

Our senior pets can suffer from many of the same “old age” ailments as we do. Pets as young as two years of age can suffer from arthritis and dental disease! Senior pets are more prone to these, as well as obesity, kidney disease, weight loss/muscle wasting, failing eyesight and hearing. Senior pets could also suffer from cognitive dysfunction – similar to Alzheimer’s disease, or senile dementia in people. There are many options available to help your dog’s golden years shine. Contact the clinic for more information.

How should I care for my senior dog?

Our veterinarians recommend regular examinations for our senior friends every 6 months – sooner if there are problems detected. With some senior pets, you may not notice any change in their attitude, lifestyles or exercise regime, while others tend to “slow down,” as they age. It is generally recommended that senior pets are allowed to set the pace and frequency for walks and exercise. Also, senior pets require special dietary consideration. If you have a senior pet, contact the clinic for his bi-yearly examination and a nutritional consultation.

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Last updated: June 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, 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 Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

- Your dedicated team at Park Road Veterinary Clinic