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Senior Dog Care

Senior Dog Care

Dogs age much faster than humans. Fortunately, with improved nutrition and advancements in veterinary medicine, they are living longer than ever. We are here to guide you through the aging process and help keep your dog healthy and fit for as many years as possible.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?


Different breeds of dogs age at different rates. Generally speaking, dogs are considered senior at about 7 years of age, but for giant breeds we consider 5 years of age to be senior. Dogs of age 10 years and up require geriatric care.

What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?


Joint ailments, dental disease, impaired liver and kidney functions, weight gain, vision and hearing loss are amongst some of the more common health issues for senior dogs. Regular examinations and wellness check-ups can assist us with early detection of age-related problems. When treated early, sometimes we can slow the progression of disease and help to keep your dog more comfortable during their senior years.

How should I care for my senior dog?


Annual examinations and blood tests are an essential factor in caring for senior pets. Bi-annual examinations are recommended for geriatric patients over age 10-12 and for any pets with ongoing chronic medical conditions that need to be monitored more regularly. Our veterinarians will make recommendations about diet, supplements, and exercise customized to your senior dog’s needs.

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To our valued clients,

Our hospital is currently operating with limited staff. There are no doctors available this week, but we continue to be available for food and prescription pick-up.

Due to this, we have temporarily reduced our hours of operation until further notice. We are also experiencing an influx of emails and calls and are doing our best to get back to you as soon as possible. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

  • Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturdays: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • We ask that you continue to be kind to all of our team members. Please know that we are working tirelessly to return to regular programming for you and your cherished pets.

    - The team at Annex Animal Hospital