We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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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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 Friday, April 3, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 416-537-3128. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

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

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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 Annex Animal Hospital