Your Pet Gazette – Celebrating Senior Pets


We want to help you enjoy your pet’s golden years by providing quality veterinary care and advice on how to care for your senior pet’s changing needs.

Age is not a disease!

As our pet’s age, their health care requirements change just like it does for people. You may have noticed changes in their eating habits, decreased mobility or interest in play times, changes in their skin and coat condition, lumps and bumps, or just general behaviour changes. These are common signs as our pets age and they may require more frequent veterinary check-ups to address them.

Regular veterinary check-ups can allow us to detect and treat age-related conditions earlier. Early detection can improve your senior pet’s quality of life and potentially even extend their golden years. Who doesn’t want more precious time together?!

Part of our senior wellness care recommendation includes regular blood tests as part of the annual or bi-annual check-up. The first test panel provides us with a baseline for future comparison as your pet ages. Blood and urine tests can aid in the early detection of common age-related disease processes such as kidney and liver disease, anemia and blood cell anomalies, thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, and more.

As part of our “Celebrating Seniors” program, we are offering 10% off select blood and urine test panels, 10% off specimen collection fees and complimentary nail trims (when done in conjunction with an annual check-up and/or vaccination appointment). Please call us for more information and to book an appointment.


Dog running in the snow with tick warning

We are still seeing a lot of tick activity in the Toronto area this fall. Year-round protection is highly recommended. Call us if you need tick preventive products for the fall and winter seasons.


Black cat laying on orange pumpkins


  1. Keep pets in a safe and secure place if you are opening the door to give out candy.  A treat-stuffed Kong or treat ball makes a positively reinforced distraction for them.
  2. Keep Halloween candy and treats out of reach from your pets.  Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats.  Sugary treats are not good for our pets in general.  Dogs have been known to eat the wrappers too!  This could cause intestinal damage or blockage.
  3. While costumes on pets are fun, many pets do not tolerate them well and it can become a source of stress.  Be sure to monitor your pet closely as a willing participant.  Introducing your pet to wearing outfits should be done gradually (at their pace) as a training exercise and, with positive reinforcement.
  4. Avoid pet costumes with trailing bits of fabric that could become entangled or catch fire near open flames.
  5. Have a fun and safe Halloween evening!