Do You Notice Any of These signs of Aging in Your Pet?

Often, we miss certain signs and symptoms that can occur as gradual changes in our pets as they age. With the advancement in veterinary medicine and pet nutrition, we can often assist our pets to age more gracefully and provide them with a better quality of life for longer. Who doesn’t want more quality time with their pets?

Below you will find a checklist that includes some things to watch out for as your pet ages. Feel free to bring this along to an appointment if you have any concerns. It can be a very useful tool for your veterinarian.

Check all that apply to your pet:


  • Bad breath, red swollen gums, dribbling while drinking (circle any that apply)
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Eating habits have changed
  • Gained/lost weight
  • Drinking more water than usual
  • Urinating more frequently and/or straining to urinate
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, straining (circle all that apply)
  • Hearing loss and/or poor vision


  • Change in behaviour or activity level
  • No longer wants to play
  • Difficulty jumping and climbing stairs
  • Seems stiff and in pain
  • Difficulty negotiating the litter box
  • Resents being picked up
  • Lameness


  • Is not himself/herself
  • Is not seeking as much attention and interacts less with the family
  • Sleeping patterns have changed
  • Objects to being handled and/or has become aggressive
  • House-training habits have changed, sometimes has accidents
  • Seems confused or disoriented
  • Tremors or episodes of shaking


  • Does not groom him/herself as well
  • Scratches, licks and chews excessively
  • Changes in coat or skin
  • Skin is flaky and/or coat is scruffy
  • New lumps or bumps
  • The skin has an odour


  • Coughing
  • Breathing is more rapid and shallow
  • Tires rapidly or seems short of breath

Print this page or send us an email prior to your next senior pet appointment as a reference for what to talk about with the veterinarian during the pet examination.

Written by: Annex Animal Hospital



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Last updated: April 11, 2022

We are so happy to announce that our doctors are now seeing clients and patients in the hospital. Please read on for more information about how your next appointment will work.

Masks are mandatory for indoor service
Limit 1 person admitted per appointment

1. Please come to the FRONT door on time for your appointment and call us to check-in. The seating area in our waiting room is not yet available
2. At your appointment time, we will guide you and your pet directly into an examination room where you may wait for the veterinarian.
3. Please be advised, there is a time limit set for each appointment that we must adhere to in order to avoid keeping the next patient waiting.
4. After your appointment, you may now check out at the front desk.
5. If you are LATE for your appointment, we will attempt to accommodate you for a shorter time with the doctor. If you are more than 5 minutes late, please reschedule.
6. We respect your concerns for safety. If you prefer a curbside appointment, please let us know when you call to book your pet.


In order to accommodate clients and pets for appointments, we need to limit the capacity of people in our reception area. For this reason, we have elected to temporarily provide curbside service only for pet supply orders.

Please call ahead to order pet foods and prescriptions. We will bring them outside when you arrive to pick them up. Thank you for your consideration.


Our veterinarians are currently seeing all patients by appointment ONLY. We are currently operating with both curbside and in office appointments. We have limited capacity to accommodate indoor appointments but please let us know your preference at the time of booking and we will do our very best to accommodate your request. Please note, for safety reasons, you will be asked to wait behind a clear screen while speaking with the veterinarian. Your pet will be examined by the veterinarian while one of our assistants holds them. We appreciate your patience and understanding as these appointments take a little longer than normal.  

How do curbside / closed-door appointments work?
Please come to the back door for your appointment and call 416-537-3128 upon arrival. A veterinarian will speak with you over the phone and a veterinary assistant will come out to collect your pet for an examination. After examining your pet, the doctor will follow-up on the phone with their findings and recommendations. Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your pets. Please let us know in advance if they have any special needs.

Payment Methods:
We are currently accepting all payment methods. However, credit or debit cards are preferred.


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

- The team at Annex Animal Hospital